Williams: I want to run the show

Halfback Sam Williams says he has arrived at Wakefield to be the dominant playmaker and lead the team around the field in 2017.

Williams has joined Trinity from the Canberra Raiders, and will compete with Jacob Miller and Liam Finn for a starting position in the side’s halves.

“It’s important for the halfback to run the show and make sure you’re the dominant voice out there on the field,” he told Love Rugby League.

“I feel that talking on the field comes fairly naturally to myself and it’s always something I’ve enjoyed doing with the responsibility to lead the team.

“Coming into a new club it’s always a bit more difficult, but I’m coming to Wakefield to try and make my mark and every opportunity I get out there I just want to play well.

“We want to do well and we’ve got goals within the squad that we want to achieve next year and hopefully that can happen.”

A Canberra junior, Williams has experienced Super League before with a brief but enjoyable stint at Catalans in 2014.

The 25-year old admits it wasn’t easy to leave the Raiders, where he was in the pecking order behind Blake Austin and Aiden Sezer.

“It’s never easy leaving your home club,” he said.

“The Raiders have been really good to me through my whole career and I love the club. I will always hold the place in a great stead.

“It wasn’t an easy decision to leave but in saying that I was pretty exited about coming over here and really testing myself. I really enjoyed in 2014 with Catalans.”

Williams spoke with both his Canberra teammates, England internationals Josh Hodgson and Elliot Whitehead, about joining Wakefield.

“I spoke to both of them about and they were both really good with the process,” he said.

“Obviously I spent time in France but both of those boys were from the region and know it really well.

“‘Hodgo’ played under Chris Chester as well and he only had good things to say about him.

“That helped the decision and the belief within ‘Chezzy’ and the coaching staff that we can go there and do something special.”

Trinity impressed in 2016 with a eighth place finish. Williams said Wakefield’s goal is to better that this season.

“It’s natural that you always want to improve on the previous season,” he said.

“They had a great season last year and going forward we won’t set goals we don’t think are realistic. We want to improve again next year.”

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