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Monday, 8 July 2019

Raiders bolster ranks with English star


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Canberra have continued to plunder the English ranks by signing Super League star George Williams on a three-year deal beginning next season.

Williams becomes the fifth English player on the Raiders books next year, joining fellow internationals Josh Hodgson, John Bateman and Elliott Whitehead.

The 24-year-old Williams has played 172 games and won two championships with Wigan in 2016 and 2018 alongside NRL breakout star Bateman.

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The incumbent English five-eighth has also played 10 Tests for England.

"George is an experienced half who joins us after a very successful career with Wigan in the Super League," Raiders boss Don Furner said.

"The club's had success in recent times in recruiting proven performers from the Super League and we believe George will fit into our system like others have.

"The club would like to wish George all the best for the remainder of the season with Wigan and we look forward to him joining us for pre-season training."

Williams thanked Wigan for his time at his hometown club but admitted always wanting to test himself in Australia.

"Another dream of mine was always to play and to test myself in the NRL so I want to thank (chairman) Ian Lenagan and (executive director) Kris Radlinski for their understanding in allowing me to do this," Williams said.

"It is something I have always wanted to pursue and playing in the NRL is a big goal of mine, so I'm excited and very much looking forward to the massive challenge ahead."

Williams has 11 tries and 14 try assists for fourth-placed Wigan so far this Super League season.

Canberra have continued to plunder the English ranks by signing Super League star George Williams on a three-year deal beginning next season.

Williams becomes the fifth English player on the Raiders books next year, joining fellow internationals Josh Hodgson, John Bateman and Elliott Whitehead.

The 24-year-old Williams has played 172 games and won two championships with Wigan in 2016 and 2018 alongside NRL breakout star Bateman.

https://twitter.com/RaidersCanberra/status/1148360163943837697?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The incumbent English five-eighth has also played 10 Tests for England.

"George is an experienced half who joins us after a very successful career with Wigan in the Super League," Raiders boss Don Furner said.

"The club's had success in recent times in recruiting proven performers from the Super League and we believe George will fit into our system like others have.

"The club would like to wish George all the best for the remainder of the season with Wigan and we look forward to him joining us for pre-season training."

Williams thanked Wigan for his time at his hometown club but admitted always wanting to test himself in Australia.

"Another dream of mine was always to play and to test myself in the NRL so I want to thank (chairman) Ian Lenagan and (executive director) Kris Radlinski for their understanding in allowing me to do this," Williams said.

"It is something I have always wanted to pursue and playing in the NRL is a big goal of mine, so I'm excited and very much looking forward to the massive challenge ahead."

Williams has 11 tries and 14 try assists for fourth-placed Wigan so far this Super League season.

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