Back when he was 19, George Williams had just burst through onto the Super League scene with Wigan Warriors.
A Wigan lad, the playmaker was fulfilling his childhood dream.
However, a certain period in that 2019 season, it felt like it was all about to come crashing down for Williams following a cancer scare.
“Not a lot of people know this, but I had a massive scare when I was 19 in 2014,” Williams told the Through The Wire podcast.
“I had just started playing in the first team at Wigan, but I had a massive scare with cancer.
“Credit must go to Chris Brooks at Wigan who was the doctor as he took me to scans and I had to have an operation.
“Luckily it wasn’t cancerous and I had the operation but those couple of weeks of going through the scans and being told you could have cancer, all of a sudden my life had flipped on its head and my world had turned upside down.
“I didn’t think I was going to die but things were running round my head.”
Williams also revealed that one of the lowest points in his life turned to one of the highest barely months later.
“I was so upset and that low at the time and that changed my mindset in going to work in rugby league.
“I had that scare that I wouldn’t play rugby again as I thought the worst of the worst.
“However, in my first game back after that, Michael McIlorum got injured in the semi final of the play-offs and then Shaun Wane rang me up and said I was picked for the final in 2014.
“I was emotional, it was such a crazy turn around.”