Williams eyes off an NRL start at broncos
RUGBY LEAGUE: Central Comets star Guy Williams is living a dream.
Williams, 24, has his sights on making his NRL debut with the Broncos in 2009 - even as early as Brisbane's opening round showdown with the North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium on March 13.
“That'd be an awesome game to start off with,” said Williams, who returned to Brisbane yesterday to resume pre-season training with the Comets' NRL feeder-club.
“There's a squad of 35 at the moment and there's plenty of competition for spots.
“Really it comes down to training well and performing in the trials.”
Williams, one of the Comets' best performers in the Queensland Cup in recent years, said it had been a whirlwind couple of months since he began training with the Broncos' top squad in November.
“I've learnt heaps, learnt so much,” he said.
“The sessions are short but it's just non-stop.”
Williams, who can play anywhere in the backline and in the back row, trained with the Broncos' halves prior to the Christmas break, learning some tips from arguably the best in the business, Allan Langer.
“There's so many staff that are experts in what they do,” said Williams, who has also spent time working on his defence with Shane Webcke.
“You're learning from the best and the guys with (NRL) experience behind them.”
Williams' utility value has impressed Broncos coach Ivan Henjak and following the departure of David Stagg to the Bulldogs the Rockhampton product admitted there was a “massive” opportunity.
When the Broncos' Australian stars return to training tomorrow, Williams said he could not wait to rub shoulders with Broncos, Queensland and Australian skipper Darren Lockyer - a childhood hero.
“When I was a kid in high school, I used to think (Lockyer) was unbelievable,” he said.
Williams is aiming to make Brisbane's top squad for their opening pre-season trial against the Gold Coast Titans at Wynnum on February 14 before other NRL trials against Canberra at Redcliffe (February 21) and Melbourne (February 28) at Kawana.
“I'm looking forward to the trials,” he said.
Williams has been joined by younger brother Brent, 19, at the Broncos, and the siblings join a strong Central Queensland presence in Brisbane.
Nick Kenny, Guy Williams, Brent Williams (Rockhampton), PJ Marsh, Dave Taylor (Blackwater), Ben Hunt (Dingo), Brendon Gibb (Gladstone), Tom Hewitt (Springsure), Guy Ford (Capella).