It’s been one of the most talked about news items that’s come out in recent months, with George Williams returning to the UK with a number of clubs vying for his signature. But, just how has social media reacted?
One Twitter user believes the idea that Leeds are in for the halfback is ridiculous.
Every George Williams post I’ve seen today there’s Leeds fans in the thread genuinely believing they have a chance of signing him 😂😂😂 penny hasn’t dropped with them lot has it? Still think it’s the glory years and they have some pull
— damo ⚫️⚪️ (@damo59558195) May 25, 2021
Brian Carney believes that Williams will not join Wigan or Warrington in 2021.
📲| Brian Carney on George Williams next club;
"It won't be Wigan or Warrington, as neither of them have salary cap room to get Williams in now. As a result, he will most likely play 2021 at a club different to the one he joins in 2022."
— Lot 17a (@Lot_17a) May 25, 2021
One Twitter user believes Williams joining Wigan in 2021 would add to an incredible team.
Adding George Williams to a team that already includes Hardaker, Manfredi, Gildart, Field, French and Hastings pic.twitter.com/2C2D6qp05a
— Michael Lavelle (@mikelavelle93) May 25, 2021
One Wakefield fan couldn’t believe the news that his side are in for Williams.
So according to Chezzy we’re the only club with the cap space and budget for George Williams and he’s messaged his agent.
I’m guessing those comments were tongue in cheek but even so…
— Joe (@JL1894) May 26, 2021
One Warrington fan seems so keen to get Williams that he would ship out one of their current stars.
I’d move Austin on now if necessary to get George Williams https://t.co/0KRWhHRvyw
— Tim Galsworthy (@TimGalsworthy) May 26, 2021
A Leigh fan practically begged owner Derek Beaumont to bring Williams to the Sports Village.
@derek_beaumont I know you're having a break on here but I'm crossing EVERYTHING that you're working to bring gorgeous George Williams to the Centurions🥰 🤞🤞
— RebeccaK 🇪🇺🇬🇧🇮🇪 (@rishymog) May 25, 2021
Another angle which people found frustrating was the idea that Fox Sports journalists were attacking Williams for his claim of homesickness.
They all go on about mental health etc yet George Williams has said he is unable to play and train as he’s in a bad place and this dickhead is giving him shit on social media and papers. Let’s hope George is ok and gets back to England soon. https://t.co/sBzphxFdfR
— Nathaniel Wood (@nathanielWood3) May 26, 2021
The disgust amongst many in the rugby league fraternity was shared.
If i were Oliver Gildart or any other british player for that matter waiting to go to the NRL i'd be thinking twice now after the way the Media have treated George Williams. Absolutely disgusting
— Martin Robinson (@Martin_Robbo87) May 26, 2021
Another supporter was quick to point out that he would believe Williams over Fox Sports’ James Hooper.
I’ll take George Williams version of events over James Hooper every day of the week https://t.co/xgXW6C5Of5
— Joe REDV YNWA (@dragons2194) May 26, 2021
That sentiment was echoed by another.
George Williams has literally just spoke about his mental health and how he has reached out asking for help/support and instead of acting appropriately, Hooper takes the opportunity to be a petty pest and spew more shit. Seems like mental health is a very serious topic for Hooper
— Georgia 🦋 (@georgia_barone) May 26, 2021
Another Twitter user didn’t exactly hold back either.
Dickheads on NRL 360 going all-in on George Williams… so much for supporting players with mental health issues right?
— Rob Cucvara (@LoftusVersfeld) May 26, 2021
However, one user did seem to be baffled by the whole affair.
George Williams wanted an early release from his contract, on his terms which seems to include training and playing when he feels like it. Canberra Raiders gave it to him, on their terms. So now he’s having a public sook.
— Chiliboy (@Chiliboy16) May 25, 2021
Another called on Canberra to release the events as they happened.
It be nice if ricky or someone from @RaidersCanberra addressed George Williams post yesterday. Its not good and serious if a player has asked for help and contract was terminated instead. As raiders fans I'd wanna know.
— Jana Jegathesan (@Jana92038429) May 25, 2021
One Twitter user did, however, find the whole saga rather underwhelming.
Hands up who couldn't give a fuck where George Williams ends up?
— RL Disciplinary (@RugbyDiscipline) May 26, 2021