George Williams released by Canberra

Started by: wigvet (3474)

With immediate effect because of ‘homesickness’

Tompkins, Bateman now Williams walk away from NRL back to easy street of RFL

Started: 25th May 2021 at 08:49

Posted by: roylew (3331)

Must miss the pies and a stroll around Wigan town centre

Replied: 25th May 2021 at 09:16

Posted by: Brasstoff (242)

I used to watch the NRL when I had sky sports, the game seems to be a lot tougher over there.

Replied: 25th May 2021 at 10:06

Posted by: roylew (3331)

I think he couldn’t speak Australian...always thought he was overrated as a player...he was probably just above average...but his ball passing was not good

Replied: 25th May 2021 at 10:27

Posted by: kathpressey (5308) 

I think he's been treated badly after saying he wanted to leave at the end of the season. No doubt he'll be snapped up here. I read leigh is a possibility

Replied: 26th May 2021 at 08:55

Posted by: wigvet (3474)

'hes been treated badly' - in what way??

“If you’re so homesick George, then why did your agent contact rival NRL clubs over summer suggesting you were keen on “getting the full Australian experience and living closer to the beach”?” – that’s the angle Fox Sports’ James Hooper has taken in an incredible tirade launched against George Williams after the latter berated the former on social media.

and his agent....... Andy Clarke - Phil Clarke's ABBA would say ''money, money money''

Replied: 26th May 2021 at 10:14

Posted by: jarvo (30114) 

Another RL Superstar to fail miserably down under.

Welcome back, George...The small potatoes are on the table.


Replied: 26th May 2021 at 11:13

Posted by: frecky (240)

The small potatoes are on the table....aye...about three pounds heavier than the wolves season , the championship....embarrassing...

Replied: 26th May 2021 at 11:22
Last edited by frecky: 26th May 2021 at 11:22:32

Posted by: jarvo (30114) 

Sorry, but they are the facts...

Tough man George didn't like the Vegemite...So I've heard.

Replied: 26th May 2021 at 11:24

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (3795) 

When wigan let him go did they not have a clause in his contract that on his return wigan had first pick??? if not why ??? I have read the wolves might want him , ijust wish all our home grown talent stop think the grass is greener in OZ they may have good weather and a better standard of living but come on those guys over there are GORILLA'S built like brick S*** house 's if you think you are going there for a jolly your wrong ,,I thought he was playing well with wigan why go in first place, but i would like him back with the cherry and whites ..

Replied: 26th May 2021 at 13:44

Posted by: peter g (2687) 

GB I think stuff him Harry Smith will be a better replacement for Jacko he's brilliant

Replied: 26th May 2021 at 14:58

Posted by: kathpressey (5308) 

I can understand any young player wanting the opportunity to play in Australia. It's the national game there and the support /crowds is bigger. It's an opportunity to experience a different lifestyle . As wigvet says it's about money with the agents. some had made a success out of Australia and others just miss home more than they probably expected to. Good luck to George

Replied: 27th May 2021 at 08:53

Posted by: builderboy (2319)

Tommy L. will probably retire and Jackson Hastings will be returning to Oz. That means we need two halfbacks.
Harry Smith will doubtless grow into one of the roles but that leaves a gap. Whether George Williams is going to return to Wigan remains to be seen and, contrary to Golden Bear's comments I think he had a poor final season before heading to Oz.
If he does return to Wigan I am hoping he will have improved or he may not be the player we need.

Replied: 27th May 2021 at 10:43

Posted by: jarvo (30114) 

We need a centre Half. Send him to Molineux. But can he stand the pace?

Seriously, good luck to George, and I hope he gets fixed up.

Replied: 27th May 2021 at 11:04

Posted by: fordie (712)

Get the lad signed on . He has improved 25% playing in the nrl.

Replied: 27th May 2021 at 11:41
Last edited by fordie: 27th May 2021 at 11:43:27

Posted by: wigvet (3474)

signed for the Wire apparently

Replied: 15th Jun 2021 at 15:53

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (3795) 

Well i see according to today's paper that master williams has decided to RAT on his club that gave him so much and is off to Warrington ,talk about a kick in the horlicks ,has no one got any loyalty any more the wigan club guided him thro his junior years helped him with his dream to play in OZ then comes back and bugger's off to our rivals .,,,,,thank you very much i think not , i cannot wish him all the best so just hurry up and goo.

Replied: 15th Jun 2021 at 16:09

Posted by: broady (17042) 

Do we know that Wigan actively pursued him? I presume if they did then it all boils down to monies offered. A rugby career isn’t all that long so you make as much as you can while it lasts. Good luck to the lad.

Replied: 15th Jun 2021 at 16:18

Posted by: jarvo (30114) 

He signed for the better club.


Replied: 16th Jun 2021 at 08:04

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (7471)

There is a lot of Poppycock in this topic

His partner is expecting a baby, and because of the Covid lockdown in Kangeroo Land, she cannot have any visitors their from the UK, and so she and him are feeling isolated, so she wants to come back to this country to have the baby and be with her family, she probably wants her mum

Stuff like that is more important than playing rugby.

Replied: 16th Jun 2021 at 13:21

Posted by: roylew (3331)

Think you’re right jarvo Warrington seem to be far more forward thinking than Wigan

Replied: 16th Jun 2021 at 13:27

Posted by: jarvo (30114) 


Replied: 16th Jun 2021 at 13:37

Posted by: wigvet (3474)

George Williams will be in the UK on Saturday, with Gareth Widdop expected to leave for either Canberra or New Zealand Warriors before the end of the season.

That will pave the way for Williams to slot into the Warrington side immediately rather than wait until 2022, according to Sky Sports.

The former Canberra halfback has yet to sign on the dotted line at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, but that is the club at which he is expected to ply his trade for the next few years.

Replied: 17th Jun 2021 at 13:37

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (7471)

Poppycock !!!!

Replied: 17th Jun 2021 at 14:19

Posted by: broady (17042) 

Wigan have released a club statement today. They did have first option on Williams but he told them he wished to play elsewhere. They could have gone down the legal route but didn’t want someone at the club that would prefer elsewhere.

Replied: 18th Jun 2021 at 23:25

Posted by: wigvet (3474)

'Poppycock' that Broady

Chairman, Ian Lenagan, commented: “Wigan had a signed agreement in place for George Williams to return to Wigan once his stint in the NRL had finished. During our discussions to bring him back following his decision to leave Canberra, George made it clear personally to me and to Kris Radlinski that he had had discussions with another club and, even though he appreciated what Wigan had done for him, he preferred a new challenge and hence did not want to return to Wigan.

“Wigan could have forced the issue legally but that’s not how we operate. If a player is emotionally absent, then there is no point in him being at Wigan''

I cannot blame him for not wanting to rejoin a Wigan club which is so devoid of direction, class and money

Replied: 19th Jun 2021 at 08:51
Last edited by wigvet: 19th Jun 2021 at 09:01:51

Posted by: Joe Maplin (409) 

It would seem that contracts don't mean a thing to Mester Williams.
(On both sides of the world.)
btw,don't blame him for looking elsewhere.

Replied: 19th Jun 2021 at 11:39

Posted by: pepsi (70)

Hopefully he wont be homesick in Warrington :)

Replied: 8th Jul 2021 at 20:21
Last edited by pepsi: 8th Jul 2021 at 20:23:20

Posted by: peter g (2687) 

Where do Wire get their money from and what about the salary cap do they have one or are they excempt

Replied: 9th Jul 2021 at 13:15


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