George Williams made outstanding impact in NRL, says Cooper Cronk

George Williams has earned high praise - from one of the best halfbacks of the modern era.
George Williams playing for CanberraGeorge Williams playing for Canberra
George Williams playing for Canberra

The former Wigan ace is in training preparing for the NRL season to resume later this month.

He played two matches for Canberra before the campaign was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Yet former Melbourne, Queensland and Australia star Cooper Cronk saw enough to be impressed by the 25-year-old Wiganer.

"I thought George Williams was outstanding in the first two rounds," Cronk told Foxsports.

"I had question marks how he'd adapt. He'd played for England, and he was a real X-factor type player, real instinct.

"He has a really good short kicking game and a beautiful running game that could get him out of trouble.

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"But then I looked at the opposite (halfback) and Jack Wighton is a very similar player.

"I wondered how that combination would work, but in the first two rounds they were arguably the best combination.

"There's an argument you need some balance (in the halves) and one to be the controller and the manager but for me, (English hooker) Josh Hodgson is the key there. He controls the tempo."

Raiders, who played the New Zealand Warriors and Gold Coast Titans in the early rounds, resume their campaign against Melbourne Storm on May 30.

Former Wigan forwards John Bateman and Ryan Sutton are also at the Australian capital.