Super League play-offs: George Williams aiming to go out on high at Wigan Warriors

Because he was 12, George Williams has hardly known life outside the Wigan Warriors set.
Aside from a loan spell out South Wales Scorpions throughout his rookie professional year the half-back was embedded since that young age in his hometown team.
But having grown up in the region, played a junior for recreational clubs Ince Rose Bridge and Wigan St Patricks, together with being part of the Warriors’ Super League triumphs in 2016 and 2018, Williams will be departing for Australia at the end of the season.
He is so determined to go out on a top because the Cherry and Whites begin this year’s play-off effort at home.
“It’s quite a cliche, but playing for Wigan was my fantasy,” Williams told Sky Sports. “I signed for Wigan once I was 12-years-old to a scholarship, so I have been here 12 years now.
“Every day, I enjoy everything I do, I really like that I perform Wigan, but that’s going to change and I’m making the most of it while I can.”
Williams is now the most recent player from these shores to join Ricky Stuart’s English revolution. Why has he made a decision to depart Wigan with this brand new experience?
“It’s an opportunity to do something I have always wished to do,” Williams explained. “I’ll be 25 when I go and I think that it’s the ideal time for me to go and do this.
“I believe I am mature enough now to go and reside there in my on the other side of the world, and test myself in a new atmosphere.
“It’s going to be hard and I’m under no illusions that it’s going to be a walk in the park, but it is gratifying when you visit additional English lads go around and perform well.
“I know people always say it’s forwards rather than backs [from England who triumph in the NRL], but hopefully I can create my own path and produce a small statement.”
Williams is eager to create the same sort of effect with all the plaudits from the pundits and fans for his screens in the NRL this year.
He’s in no doubt he’s currently heading to Australia an improved participant, thanks in part Warriors head coach and Papua New Guinea Adrian Lam has had him on.
“He has brought something fresh and he has taught me so many things, only little things in my match,” said Williams, who also praised Lam for sticking to his principles since Wigan recovered by a patchy start to this 2019 year to finish second in Super League.
“I will take a peek at where a particular defender is and exactly what drama in the right position, but the biggest compliment I can give him is if it wasn’t going well he was still believing in the things he was saying.
“He maintained the exact philosophiesexactly the same constructions and saying when we kept working it would turn – and it’s done. Credit to him for not changing things as it was not going so well.”
With all the Warriors suffering just 1 defeat to vault themselves back into contention wigan’s turnaround in fortunes since the Magic Weekend defeat to Warrington Wolves in the end of May was notable.
One of those victories came from Friday’s play-off opponents Williams and Salford is determined to finish the year back in Old Trafford, lifting the Super League trophy for the next time before heading to Australia.
“Should I do manage to go out with another ring on my finger then I would not even know exactly what words to use to describe that,” Williams stated.
“At that time, I would probably cry because I would be happy, thus there’s a whole great deal to play .
“Dan Sarginson is leaving too, so it would be the last time this group had performed together, and I will make the most of it and do whatever I can.”

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