George Williams hopes a negative COVID-19 test will offer a reprieve from his Melbourne quarantine hell, which prevented him joining Raiders teammates at their pre-season return on Thursday. The English halfback has been following a strict exercise program hastily drawn up by Raiders conditioning staff this week to try and maintain his core strength and fitness as the club awaits a decision by Victoria's health department as to whether or not Williams can leave quarantine early. Williams and his partner Charlotte received negative results late Thursday afternoon after being tested for the virus on Wednesday. They've been stuck in a stuffy hotel room since arriving in Melbourne on Sunday, and being told at the airport that they must quarantine for 14 days, given they'd visited Batemans Bay in the lead-up to Victoria shutting its border to NSW. Raiders fitness staff have sent Williams a detailed exercise program to pursue while in lockdown.