Williams will cut ties and cross enemy lines in October

NEW RECRUIT: Mackay Cutters’ coach Kim Williams is coming south to the Capras next year. The successful mentor will be head coach on a two-year contract.
NEW RECRUIT: Mackay Cutters’ coach Kim Williams is coming south to the Capras next year. The successful mentor will be head coach on a two-year contract. Tony Martin

KIM Williams will cut ties with Mackay and cross enemy lines in October to join the Rockhampton Leagues Club CQ Capras.

The Capras announced Williams' appointment as head coach of the Capras for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

In April, former Capras' coach Jason Hetherington, who succeeded John Harbin in 2013, stepped down from his role due to personal reasons.

Capras' assistant coach Lionel Harbin has been at the helm of the squad since his departure.

Williams is in his third year as coach of the Mackay Cutters after taking the northern side to their inaugural premiership in the Intrust Super Cup in 2013.

He is a career coach who has coached in all parts of Australia, including NSW, Western Australia and Victoria.

Before working with the Cutters, Williams was the high performance manager for Victorian Rugby League and was responsible for the management of the Victorian Rugby League representative programs and the Melbourne Storm Academy.

Williams, who is known for being a player's coach and someone who really gets to know the workings and personalities of those he coaches, said he couldn't wait to start his new role.

"After three fantastic seasons at the Cutters, it is time to move on and face some new challenges," Williams said.

"I am looking forward to the prospect of working with a young squad at the Capras and helping them improve over the next two seasons.

"I am even more motivated now to finish on a winning note in season 2015 with the Cutters before heading to Rockhampton to start the next chapter of my coaching career."

Capras' chairman Geoff Murphy said the club was extremely eager to have Williams at the helm.

"We are really excited about Kim coming to the Capras," Murphy said.

"We believe that his experience and knowledge in recruitment, junior development and Intrust Super Cup football will take the Capras and Central Queensland Rugby League to the next level."

Capras' operations manager Brendan Bowers shared Murphy's enthusiasm.

"Kim has the ability of getting the best out of young players and that's key for a club like the Capras, where there are players coming through the system who are looking to further themselves," Bowers said.

"Kim is also a proven recruiter who has the networks required to attract players to the Capras and the Central Queensland region."

Williams agreed, saying one of the key areas he will focus on is recruitment, an area in which he has significant experience.

"Recruiting is one of the biggest things I've learned in my career and I think I'm well positioned there," Williams said.

"There are lot of positive things at the Capras. They have a lot of the ingredients for a successful club, particularly with their juniors' structure and their success. It's a breeding ground of rugby league talent. They just haven't got that pathway right to extend into the senior group.

"The Capras have an outstanding under-18s Mal Meninga Cup side and I know they will want to secure the ones that aren't picked up by NRL clubs. One of the attractions is working with those younger players and helping mould them into better players and Queensland Cup level players."

Williams said he was coming into the role with his eyes wide open.

"It's a big risk but the greater the risk the greater the reward," Williams said. "It is certainly something I didn't jump into. The decision wasn't taken lightly at all.

"I've been guaranteed a blank canvas, no one has got it right at the Capras and that is what they have employed me to do."

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