Williams to lead young Broncos
WATCH your place Darren Lockyer, here comes Guy Williams.
There may be a little bit of wishful thinking in that statement but nevertheless Williams, a star for the Comets in recent years, must be doing something right as he has been handed the captain’s duties for the Broncos’ first trial game this weekend.
The 25-year-old earned the chance to train with the Broncos and managed to impress the Broncos coaching staff to such an extent that he was drafted into the NRL squad, playing a number of games during the run in for the 2009 season.
While the Broncos’ form during that period was less than inspiring, it was no fault of Williams, as his efforts in the squad were impressive.
Invited back to trial in 2010, Williams has been given the task of leading a young and inexperienced Broncos team in the club’s first hit-out against Norths Devils at Bishop Park, Nundah, on Saturday evening.
The hard-working forward is no stranger to the role of inspiring team-mates as during his early years with the Central Queensland Comets, he was a shining light in a team that struggled in the Queensland Cup competition.
The squad of 26 players named by the Broncos contains just two with NRL experience, Williams and Tim Natusch.
Many squad members are a part of the club’s under-20 development squad and they include the exciting Biloela and St Brendan’s outside back Lyndon Law.
The talented teenager received rave reviews when he played in Central Queensland and is on the verge of making an impression with the high-ranking NRL club.
Also selected, but not through the Broncos youth program, is Comets star prop Aaron Summers.
The performances of the big man, both on and off the park, led to the Comets recommending him to attend training with the Broncos.
This he has been doing and now he is beginning to receive the rewards for his efforts with his stay in Brisbane lengthy and now featuring in the club’s pre-season trials.
Last season Summers was recognised for his on-field drive when named as the pick of the forwards for the Comets.
With the Broncos expected to bring as strong a team as possible to Browne Park for the match against the Storm on February 13, the selection of Williams, Summers and Law is an indicator that the trio will be in the mix when a squad is named for the trip to Rockhampton.