One of the Super League’s latest transfers will arrive in the shape of George Williams, who recently signed on the dotted line to confirm his place at Warrington Wolves.
With his arrival, Warrington betting odds may favour them more often, as the Wolves continue to search for their first-ever Super League title.
England and Great Britain’s international half-back is a former player of NRL side Canberra Raiders after signing a three-and-a-half-year deal at The Halliwell Jones Stadium recently.
The rumour mill had been rampant regarding the arrival of Williams, and when the early release from his Australian deal was announced, fans eagerly awaited the confirmation.
His move to Warrington is now complete, and he’ll sport the number 31 jersey – previously worn by the Australian legend Andrew Johns who spent a short time with the club.
Warrington head coach Steve Price passed comment on the arrival of Williams: “We as a club are always on the lookout for quality players, and it’s great that we’ve been able to sign a player of George’s calibre to a three-and-a-half-year contract.
“He’s a competitive man and an exciting player who has achieved the highest honours in the game here in the English Super League.
“I’m looking for George to add value and apply pressure to our playing squad during the second half of this campaign.”
With that said, Chairman Stuart Middleton openly admitted that bringing Williams onboard halfway through the season was “extremely challenging.”
He also expressed his gratitude towards Williams former club, Wigan Warriors, who could’ve put a spanner in the works because they had the first refusal on his signature. Fortunately for Warrington, Wigan opted out of a deal that would see him return to the DW Stadium.
“We are delighted to have secured the services of a world-class British half-back,” Middleton said.
“Since George’s availability became known to us, he became our number one recruitment target.
“However, bringing him in mid-way through this year proved extremely challenging with numerous complexities attached.
“Therefore, we are immensely delighted to finally be able to announce this signing to all our loyal supporters and partners.
“I’d like to place on record my thanks to Wigan Warriors for allowing George to join us despite having a first refusal agreement.”
George Williams recently broke his silence for the first time since joining Warrington’s world-class talent. He’s now set to make his debut in the coming weeks, and in discussing the transfer: “I’m really excited to have signed for Warrington.” he said.
“It’s a club that I’ve had plenty of challenging games against in the past, and The Halliwell Jones Stadium is a ground that I’ve really enjoyed playing at.
“The boys here at the club that I know from England camps spoke highly of the organisation and the culture here. There’s some world-class talent and some real experience in this group.
“I’m proud that I stepped out of my comfort zone to go out and test myself in the NRL, and I like to think it’s helped me develop my game in the last 18 months, which I’m hoping to showcase now here at Warrington.
“The team has been building nicely this season, and I’m just keen and excited now to come in and get started.”
Williams has been out of contract since May, and Warrington wasn’t the only side interested.