No fewer than six clubs in the NRL are attempting to sign Wigan Warriors’ half-back George Williams.
Wide World Of Sports report that a sizeable transfer fee would have to be paid for the England international, but that hasn’t put clubs off targeting the 24-year-old.
Williams current deal runs until the end of 2020 and the price tag placed on his head by Wigan has already put off some teams – notably Canberra Raiders.
The Raiders have ex-Wigan stars John Bateman and Ryan Sutton lining up for them this season, but it seems they won’t be adding to their English contingent.
Interestingly, the team leading the race to sign Williams are the New Zealand Warriors who have recently lost their star playmaker Shaun Johnson to Cronulla Sharks.
The Warriors famously signed Sam Tomkins in 2014 for a sizeable figure, however the full-back endured a mixed time in Auckland picking up numerous injuries.
That hasn’t put them off signing Williams though and they may have to fight to sign him with five other clubs believed to have enquired about the Ince Rose Bridge junior.
Having played nearly 150 first grade games and with age on his side, Williams running ability and short kicking game is what is believed to have attracted so many suitors.
And with a desire to play Down Under, he could soon become the latest English star to try his arm in Australia’s premier competition and break the mold of English half-back’s in the NRL.