The England and Wigan stand-off George Williams has said that he is aware of interest from NRL clubs and that he hasn’t ruled out a move to Australia.
The 22 year old has become one of the most sought-after players in the Super League over the last year and a half and clubs such as Warrington Wolves and a number of Australian outfits monitoring the situation.
He is currently under contract with Wigan until the end of 2018 and said that while he has begun tentative talks about a new contract he is keeping his options open.
Speaking last week he said, “I’m in talks with Wigan. Nothing’s finalised and not much has been done but I’ve met Kris Radlinski [rugby director] and Ian Lenagan [chairman] a couple times with my agent. It’s a work in progress. Nothing’s finalised, we’re just in talks. I’m enjoying it here, it’s where I’m from and I’m in a great team, so if the deal’s right I’ll stay but obviously I’ve got to look at what’s best for me”.
He went on to say that NRL clubs have been in contact with his agent but that he is yet to speak to anyone. He pointed out that while there is interest it doesn’t mean he has had any offers.
Meanwhile the team’s centre Oliver Gildart is facing up to three months off due to a back injury he picked up in the team’s defeat at Leeds.
Gildart, who was making his first appearance since recovering from a knee injury, was hurt in a tackle from Brett Ferres that saw his opponent placed in the sin-bin.
The team’s coach Shaun Wane said, “It’s a serious back injury and he’ll be out for two to three months. We’ll let the powers that be deal with it. My job is to get the team ready for Thursday.”