A text message from George Williams to the Canberra Raiders welfare manager on Tuesday morning was the catalyst for his swift exit, Fox Sports has reported.
It came after a month of hankering over a move back to the UK with Williams texting the Raiders’ welfare manager that he would not be attending the club’s regulation training session.
The Raiders welfare manager then approached Ricky Stuart, who phoned Williams to check what was going on.
Williams told Stuart he did not feel comfortable coming to training and was unlikely to be mentally sound to play against the Roosters in round 12.
Stuart then went to see Raiders CEO Don Furner who immediately called Williams into Canberra HQ to grant him the request he has been agitating for.
The halfback will now be returning to the UK, with Wigan or Warrington said to be leading the chase for his signature.
Canberra chief executive Don Furner said the outcome was the best for both parties, saying Williams’ decision to withdraw from training on Tuesday meant his position at the club became untenable.
“George and his partner have asked on a number of occasions for a release to return to England to be closer to their families and we’ve decided to grant their request,” Furner said.
“George withdrew from training today and from the game this weekend which highlighted to the club the seriousness of George’s request.
“Over the past several weeks we have supported George and provided him with the best welfare support we could. However as a club we felt that his position at the club moving forward became untenable.”