Williams and Smith ‘hammering’ partnership

George Williams
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GEORGE Williams says he and halfback partner Matty Smith will “hammer” their partnership to ensure they make a slick start to 2016.

The new Super League campaign gets underway in four weeks tomorrow, with the visit of Pat Richards and his Catalans outfit.

Last year was great for me, personally, and hopefully we can go one better this season and win a trophy

George Williams

Williams and Smith have only recently returned to training after both were involved in England’s autumn Test series win against New Zealand.

They will undoubtedly start this season on a stronger footing than 12 months ago, when Williams was elevated into the No.6 role as Blake Green’s successor.

But after finding his feet he justified Shaun Wane’s faith in him, and finished the campaign as Super League’s young player of the year and with a place in the England side.

Williams expects their halfback link to be more

fluid following last season’s experience - and they will be working hard to make it even better.

He said: “We’re definitely in a better position than a year ago, and hopefully we can start off where we left - if not better.

“We’ve got a month to hammer it as a combination, together.

“Last year was great for me, personally, and hopefully we can go one better this season and win a trophy.”

Although the England players only returned to training on January 2, Williams received an early call-back - to take part in the Army camp before Christmas.

“Shaun called and asked me to go in for a meeting, which I presumed would be about next year,” he smiled.

“It was very tough, even the lads who’d been in five weeks found it tough.

“No matter how much training you’ve done, you can’t prepare for the sleep deprivation, running into freezing water at 3am... it was mentally tough.

“I’m glad it’s over with and it’s in the bank.

“I understood why Shaun wanted me to do it. I’m still young and I’ve got to earn my stripes and work hard.”

The Warriors players are currently in the middle of a three-day training camp in south Wales.