'Sensible' for Wigan Warriors to talk to homesick George Williams, says Adrian Lam

Adrian Lam believes Wigan would be interested in luring George Williams home if he leaves Canberra early.

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 2:58 pm
George Williams with Oliver Gildart, who has been linked with an NRL move

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has confirmed the England halfback is homesick.

He wants to put support in place for Williams and his pregnant partner Charlotte with the hope he sees out the remaining 18-months of his deal with the NRL club.

But with Jackson Hastings leaving Wigan at the end of this year to join Wests, and Thomas Leuluai possibly retiring, he has inevitably been linked with a return to his hometown club.

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Asked if he thought the Warriors would be interested if Williams was available for 2022, Lam replied: "Of course, he's a Wigan lad, and I knew he'd miss home at some stage because his close friends are here and he's ingrained into the club here.

"It makes sense as a club we'll be talking to him and we'll see what happens from there."

News Williams is homesick emerged as his close pal and former team-mate Oliver Gildart is once again attracting interest from the NRL, with Michael Maguire's Wests thought to be leading the hunt for the England centre.

I know he has a dream of playing in the NRL, that's been clear," said Lam. "As it stands he's off-contract with us at the end of the year, there's always going to be interest and if he decides to go down that path of joining the NRL, there's not much we can do about it as a club.

"But he brings a lot to us as a team, we're looking forward to having him back, his head is in a good place, he's not talking to any NRL clubs at the moment, I think it's the management group which do the negotiations and put the feelers out there."

Gildart has yet to play this year because of a troubling groin injury but could return within the next two weeks.