“If you’re so homesick George, then why did your agent contact rival NRL clubs over summer suggesting you were keen on “getting the full Australian experience and living closer to the beach”?” – that’s the angle Fox Sports’ James Hooper has taken in an incredible tirade launched against George Williams after the latter berated the former on social media.
It’s a story that’s been doing rounds for a good 24 hours, with Williams and Fox Sports’ Hooper going head-to-head on social media after the former was granted an immediate release from his Canberra contract.
On Monday night Williams’ agent Andy Clarke from England approached the Raiders for the third time in May alone to ask for a release at the end of the season. That request was denied, according to Fox Sports.
That prompted the halfback to send a message to the club’s welfare manager saying he was struggling and was unable to attend training, with Raiders boss Ricky Stuart then checking in on Williams.
In the course of that conversation Williams told Stuart he was also unable to play the round 12 match against the Roosters on Saturday.
Stuart and Furner decided to grant Williams a release, but the catch was it would be immediate rather than at the end of the season.
“Come in and sign the release papers today George, we’re granting you your wish,” Furner told him.
But, the immediacy of the decision took Williams by surprise.
Hooper went a step further, asking, “If you’re so homesick George, then why did your agent contact rival NRL clubs over summer suggesting you were keen on “getting the full Australian experience and living closer to the beach”?
Hooper even went on to say, “And you know as well as I do you’ve told your mates you didn’t like living in Canberra.”
It’s yet another twist in the saga, but Hooper is clearly not about to lie down. It’s up to Williams whether he now responds.