Williams says Gladstone player could be a 'weapon'
RUGBY LEAGUE: Central Queensland Capras coach Kim Williams is full of praise for Gladstone's Sam Smith.
The former Brisbane Broncos under-20s player has returned to the club he played for in late 2015.
Williams said Smith was a player he was "very keen” to get back to the club.
"I sort of targeted recruiting to try and get some local boys back to this club and really get the pride back in the jersey playing for their local group,” he said.
"He was a good signing for us for two reasons, one he's a quality player and he's a local boy.”
Williams said Smith had a fair but to offer the Capras.
"I reckon he would be one of the fastest in the whole competition, so he ticks a lot of boxes for what you want as an outside back,” he said.
"He runs very good lines in attack and he's quite a good defender, so I think he has a fair bit to offer.
"I think still he's got a lot of improvement in him and he certainly hasn't reached his potential yet.”
The Capras coach said Smith if he could get the best out of Smith he could be a bit of a weapon for the club next season.
Unfortunately Williams said Smith got a bit of a knock to his knee at training about a week-and-a-half ago which meant he had been a bit restricted since then.
"He's fit and one of our better trainers... I expect him to compete very strongly for a starting position come round one,” he said.
"A lot will obviously depend on performance in the trials but based on what I've seen at training, he's certainly going to be in the mix for that first selection.”
Williams said it was great to have a Gladstone player in the Capras team and it helped show the club was a central Queensland team.
The club begins their season at home against the PNG Hunters on the weekend of March 4-5.