Wakefield look down under

27 Sep 20, 5:05PM 0 Comments

Written by John Davidson

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Wakefield Trinity are on the hunt for a new halfback and have set their gaze on the NRL.

Everything Rugby League understands Wakefield want an Antipodean playmaker to replace Bradford-bound Danny Brough in 2021.

It is believed the club want to bring former Trinity scrum-half Sam Williams back to Belle Vue next year.

But that move may be thwarted by visa issues, with Williams required to have played in 50% of the games he was available for in the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

The 29-year-old has only played one NRL game for Canberra this year and in 2019 played 10 games. The lack of game-time may prevent him getting a UK work permit.

Williams rejoined the Raiders in 2018 after spending the 2017 campaign with Wakefield.

He made 24 appearances in Super League three years ago, scoring six tries.

The halfback has also had spells with Catalans, in 2014, and with St George Illawarra between his time in the Australian capital.

Originally from Cooma, Williams came through the Raiders system and played for the club’s Under-20s and for the Junior Kangaroos.

Trinity have limited options at halfback outside of Jacob Miller, with fullbacks Ryan Hampshire, Tony Gigot and Max Jowitt all spending time in the halves this year following Brough’s injury.

Halfbacks that are free agents in the NRL at the moment include Canterbury’s Jack Cogger, former Huddersfield playmaker and current Canberra squad member Matt Frawley, Melbourne’s Cooper Johns, the Warriors’ Adam Keighran, the Tigers’ Benji Marshall, Newcastle’s Mason Lino and the Roosters’ ex-Leigh half Drew Hutchinson.

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