LONG SEASON: Bluebirds fullback Sam Williams.
LONG SEASON: Bluebirds fullback Sam Williams.

Sam sidelined, after all these years



BLUEBIRDS fullback Sam Williams is one footballer who knows all about the pain of preseason injuries.

This will be the first season in 20 years of playing football that Williams, 25, will be sidelined.

However, he has found some inspiration in Australia's Alisa Camplin who won the women's aerials bronze medal at the Winter Olympic Games after only a brief return to skiing.

Another athlete searching for similar inspiration would be Sydney Roosters rugby league winger Joel Monaghan.

Playing in the Roosters' fourpoint win over the Dragons on Sunday Monaghan also sustained a season-ending knee injury.

It is a pre-season curse that regularly troubles many teams.

Williams was training with Bluebirds last Tuesday when a knee problem came back to haunt him.

"I heard the crunch again,'' Williams said.

It was the same horrifying noise he heard in November last year while playing a six-a-side game, but improved movement had Williams believe he was on the mend.

Not the case.

"I just walked over to the coach and asked if he had any coaching positions available,'' said Williams, fast aware of his fate.

Williams ran the Bluebirds side at last weekend's Frenchville six-a-side carnival.

"It's very frustrating, especially considering I haven't missed a season since I started as a fiveyear-old,'' he said.

"Next year I'll come back.



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