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Sam Williams
« on: March 21, 2011, 12:21:18 PM »
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Raiders move to lock in Williams

The Canberra Raiders are hopeful of signing emerging halfback Sam Williams until the end of 2013.



Raiders management yesterday confirmed the club was in the process of re-signing the 20-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of the season. The Raiders hoped a deal would be confirmed before Saturday's NRL match against Wests Tigers at Campbelltown.

At this stage no official agreement had been reached.

Williams made a stunning debut in the 40-12 round one victory against Cronulla when halfback Matt Orford was out injured earning man-of-the-match honours.

His signing would give the Raiders a swag of halves until at least the end of next season, with Orford, Michael Picker and Josh McCrone signed until then and Terry Campese on the books until the end of 2015.

Brett White will return to the Raiders line-up against the Tigers after serving a one-match suspension and play his first game on the road in a Canberra jersey.

The former Melbourne Storm prop could find himself in the starting side against the Tigers depending on how fellow front-rower David Shillington pulls up this week.

Shillington suffered bruising to the outer bone of his knee in the Raiders' disappointing home loss to Brisbane on Friday.

If he is unable to play, White would be one option for coach David Furner to bring into the XIII, with Dane Tilse and Josh Miller coming off the bench.

White was yesterday focusing on the Tigers, as the Raiders look to turn around their form.

''We've got a bit of work to do on the weekend, a bit of a review, and see where we went wrong and work on that through the week,'' White said.

''Hopefully we can head away and get our campaign on the road [off to a winning start] for 2011.''

White is raring to go after his one-week suspension for a grade one dangerous contact charge. He was placed on report for leading with the knee against Sharks halfback Albert Kelly in the 70th minute of the round one victory, and the club later accepted the ban.

''It was frustrating [to miss the Brisbane game] knowing that physically there's nothing holding me back,'' White said.

''It's just a small incident, a mistimed incident that kept me from playing and I've got no one but myself to blame.''

For more on this story, including White's comments on work he'll be doing on his technique, see the print edition of today's Canberra Times.

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Source: The Canberra Times

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Re: Raiders move to lock in Williams
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2011, 02:14:30 PM »
Oh yeah we want to get this signed sealed and delivered ASAP. He may not be our 7 for awhile but I think we will have a mortgage on it once he gets there. Unless something unforeseen happens he should be our permanent 7 from the start of next season.

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Re: Raiders move to lock in Williams
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2011, 03:07:53 PM »
it would be mad not to sign him up for as long as possible he looks good for our future  :13:

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Re: Raiders move to lock in Williams
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2011, 03:50:50 PM »
exelent news! just the kind of thing I needed to hear after last game. well done Raiders get him locked in.

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Re: Raiders move to lock in Williams
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2011, 07:14:21 PM »
We should of extended him before we looked at Orford because it should have been blatantly obvious to anyone who has watched our Toyota team play over the last couple of years that Williams is a star of the future. Secure the future first and then worry about the past!

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Re: Raiders move to lock in Williams
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2011, 07:34:05 PM »
We should of extended him before we looked at Orford because it should have been blatantly obvious to anyone who has watched our Toyota team play over the last couple of years that Williams is a star of the future. Secure the future first and then worry about the past!

Absolutely right mate. I always wondered why we went after Orford at all when Williams was here playing great footy already. The thing is that by the time Orford has found his way into the side and has better team work Campo will be back from injury and then what do we have to drop either Orford or McCrone, and there is no way McCrone should be dropped. Williams could have filled in for Campo instead.

But oh well, you never know. Orford could turn out to be just what we need if he can work a little better in the side. I have no doubt that he will be better this week than he was last. He knows what he is doing out there, its just a matter of if he can gel with our team and if he can manage his injuries.

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Re: Raiders move to lock in Williams
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2011, 09:19:14 PM »
Do it and do it quick before someone else signs him like the bloody Roosters! He has got some talent this boy we cant lose him!

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Re: Raiders move to lock in Williams
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2011, 10:10:09 PM »
Do it and do it quick before someone else signs him like the bloody Roosters! He has got some talent this boy we cant lose him!

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Re: Raiders move to lock in Williams
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2011, 11:49:54 PM »
It is like we have forgotten to resign all our Toyota Cup stars and when the hell is Low going to get nother shot? Move joel thompson to the forwards already and get Low in the side!

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Re: Raiders move to lock in Williams
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2011, 01:32:44 PM »
Lock him in Eddy!

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Re: Raiders move to lock in Williams
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2011, 05:08:10 PM »
Who would we play if all 3 were fit? Williams or McCrone to partner Campo? Williams is the more natural 7 out of the two and would probably be a great partner for Camp. McCrone to hooker or something? Cant really drop him he has been going very well lately.

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Re: Raiders move to lock in Williams
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2011, 02:04:41 PM »
Williams remaining a Raider

SAM Williams may have lost out again yesterday to Matt Orford for the Canberra No. 7 jumper, but Raiders fans can take heart because the young halfback will ink a new deal as early as tomorrow.



Williams, who has enjoyed a groundswell of support in the nation's capital to replace Orford in the NRL, will sign off on a two-year contract.

A recent report that Williams had already signed was premature.

We heard the Dragons sniffed around but no deal ever tabled. He'll be a Raider until 2013.

Dane Tilse is also a done deal, with officials confident to rubber-stamp his contract by Friday.

Source: The Herald Sun

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Williams signs with Raiders till end 2013
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2011, 04:08:35 PM »
Williams signs with Raiders till end 2013



A massive week for Canberra young gun Sam Williams just got even bigger.

The talented halfback has re-signed with the Raiders for a further two seasons - until the end of 2013.

Toyota Cup skipper Williams is preparing for the second NRL match of his career, against North Queensland in Townsville.

He will match wits with the game's best halfback, Johnathan Thurston.

Williams' signing continues the Raiders' recent fruitful retention drive, with in-form prop Dane Tilse committing to the club until the end of 2014 yesterday.

Young forward Mark Nicholls also announced he will remain at the club until the end of 2013.

Source: The Canberra Times

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Re: Williams signs with Raiders till end 2013
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2011, 04:13:07 PM »
Good this should give him a bit of extra confidence and allow him to concentrate on the game. Awesome he is staying at the club. Both of them actually!  :great:

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Williams can be as good as Carney: Raiders
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2011, 05:31:00 PM »
Williams can be as good as Carney: Raiders

The man who signed exciting young halfback Sam Williams for Canberra as a 15-year-old says he has the ability to be as good as Todd Carney.

Raiders' Toyota Cup coach David Hamilton has been in charge of the club's junior recruitment for 12 years, in addition to coaching the junior Kangaroos in 2010.

In that time he's helped nurture the likes of 2010 Dally M Medallist Carney, Terry Campese and Josh Dugan, but said he was blown away the first time he clapped eyes on Williams, who signed a new two-year deal with the club on Wednesday.

"It was in a local competition and we were looking to identify local kids for our Harold Matthews Cup team and Sam was playing for a division two team from Cooma in the Canberra district rugby league comp," Hamilton told AAP.

"He was a 15-year-old and we couldn't believe what we were seeing.

"The way he took the line on was incredible for a kid that age, he saw space and play so early and that is something you learn with experience, and to have it so young is unbelievable."

Williams burst onto the NRL scene in round one, deputising for star signing Matt Orford, who was sidelined with an abductor injury, when he inspired the Raiders to a 40-12 win over Cronulla.

The Raiders lost their next four matches with Orford in the side.

But Williams gets the chance to return and shine once more against North Queensland on Saturday with veteran Orford ruled out with a back injury.

Hamilton has no doubt Williams will be the Raiders' long-term halfback and said the form he showed against the Sharks on his debut was no different to what he produced in the junior ranks.

"He's always had the ability to see the play, he could read numbers well and spot when the other team was short and that is a special talent for a young kid," he said.

"What he did against Cronulla, when he would attack the line and take people with him, he was doing that as a 16-year-old and it was amazing to see him do it in first grade on debut."

Although Hamilton admits Carney was a better player at the same age due to his physical size, he predicted Williams will go to the very top of the game within the next two seasons.

"For every quality you need to be a professional footballer, he ticks every box, I can't see any stopping him," Hamilton said.

"Todd Carney played first grade at 17 but he is a different style of player.

"Toddy was always physically ready as he is a much bigger person but Sam has taken a little while longer to mature and grow into his body.

"I would say another year or two and we will really see the best of Sam Williams, he is a natural footballer."

Williams said he was relishing the chance to take on Test and Queensland halfback Johnathan Thurston in Townsville on Saturday.

"It's going to be a massive challenge but it's something that hopefully I can thrive on and just enjoy," he said.

"If I can take a couple of things out of the game and a win this weekend that'd be perfect."

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