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Sam Williams signs for Wakefield

Wakefield Wildcats have signed Australian scrum-half Sam Williams on a one-year deal from NRL side Canberra Raiders.

Sam Williams joins the club from NRL club Canberra Raiders Credit: Press Association

The 25-year-old will provide competition for Jacob Miller and Liam Finn, who were the Wildcats' half-back pairing for all but the last two matches of the 2016 season.

Sam Williams is a great signing for the club and a big coup. A number of Super League clubs were chasing his signature and I am delighted that he has chosen to play at Wakefield.

I would like to thank Ricky Stuart and the Canberra Raiders for helping us make the signing happen. Sam will bring a wealth of experience and a good kicking game along with being a good leader on and off the field.

– Wakefield coach Chris Chester

Williams began his career with Canberra in 2011 and also played for St George Illawarra and the Catalans before returning to the Raiders at the start of last year, but he has largely played a back-up role this season behind regular half-backs Blake Austin and Aidan Sezer.

It is a family club with such a close-knit community.

I'm looking forward to being able to work with Chris Chester, I have heard good things from Josh Hodgson on his coaching and I am now excited to be a part of it and am looking forward to what the future holds.

– Sam Williams

Williams is Wakefield's fourth recruit for 2017, following the signing of Huddersfield full-back Scott Grix, Batley prop Keegan Hirst and Salford winger Mason Caton-Brown, with Chester promising at least two more new faces to come.