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Williams still unsure about Manly future

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Eagleheart, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. Eagleheart

    Eagleheart Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +2,012 /53
    Williams still unsure about Manly future

    By Ian McCullough


    6:16pm Wed 02nd October, 2013

    Last Friday David Williams scored one of the best tries of the season against South Sydney to help Manly into the NRL grand final, but Sunday's clash with the Sydney Roosters could be his last for the club.

    The 27-year-old winger has put his injury nightmares behind him to take his tally for the year to a career-best 20.

  2. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +972 /7
    Geez, direct quotes. Who would have thought it was actually better when it was an agent talking up negotiations. This is the sort of stuff I don't like reading before Sunday. No hiding from it but I still wish it wasn't there. I will say Wolfie has never played better.
  3. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +19,029 /367
    These articles are written, instead of the ones extolling the skill set of Manly, in the most important game of the year :huh:

    Killer is not signed yet either, so the 'missing pen' angst continues at Manly :p

    I just wish Wolfie a much deserved 2013 Premiership and the paperwork will be finalised.:angel:

    We must be due another AVO riddled Boardroom article by Sunday :dodgy:
  4. master blaster

    master blaster Well-Known Member

    +858 /5
    funny thing is,when they showed the boys singing the team song,he was in the background just clapping,not really getting into it like the others,maybe its nothing,it just looked strange
  5. Oliver

    Oliver Active Member

    +143 /4
    heard a while ago canberra were interested in him
  6. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +6,440 /192
    Hiku must play every game in first grade next year, Gutherson needs to make a dozen appearances, like Hiku did this year.

    The way I see it someone might need to go.
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    • master blaster

      master blaster Well-Known Member

      +858 /5
      as long as he doesnt try and hold the club to ransom,yeah he is in superb form and all,but he has to remember,Hiku is waiting in the wings to take his place if he goes
    • bob dylan

      bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +6,440 /192
      He really needs to asses what not playing outside Jamie Lyon will do for his career in both attack and defence.

      Id suggest its all downhill from playing outside the worlds best centre.
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      • The Who

        The Who Well-Known Member Premium Member

        +7,250 /173
        I've stated this before: Wolfman is not just a terrific footballer he is also a marketing dream. He helps build our fan base, sell merchandise, and represents the club with aplomb in the media.
        Therefore, his worth should be considered on all-over value to the club, not simply his on-field exploits, so his salary should be slightly higher.
        I hope he stays.
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        • Volley

          Volley Well-Known Member

          +1,109 /54
          I'd love him to stay, but wouldn't begrudge him in the slightest if he wanted extra coin. He puts his body on the line in every contest, and as a result has had plenty of nasty and long term injuries. He needs to look after himself after footy.
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          • Darren

            Darren Well-Known Member

            +560 /20
            He has to stay. Hiku isn't a winger as he ain't fast enough. Those couple of gaps when he played and put through closed in an instant and easily run down. Bit like putting Stevie on the wing. Jamie gets a guy free but you need that genuine speed to finish off (like Wolfie did the other night and quite often)
          • MK Eagle

            MK Eagle Well-Known Member

            +247 /0
            Pull out the contract at 11 Sunday night, as the Wolf howls between drinks after a glorious victory & he wont be able to sign fast enough!!
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            • 1969

              1969 Well-Known Member

              +1,090 /83
              There is no need for another winger, Wolfman is one of the best in the game.

              He knows how to score a try, tick
              He knows how the team play, tick
              Every girl wants to root him, tick
              He is a marketers dream, tick

              Now, if we can just tie him to the sideline, he is good to go for a couple of years, no brainer for mine.
            • Top End Eagle

              Top End Eagle Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

              +2,062 /136
              Can't see him staying. Hiku, Berryman. Gutters, Gagan and Cheyse Blair. Who am I missing?

              I love the wolf man and hope he does well. He deserves more than we can pay him and we need to look at DCE and Foz long term.
            • Garts

              Garts Well-Known Member

              +844 /25
              Agree to a certain extent. But the facts are the club has to stick within the salary cap and bringing in extra money through merchandise etc does not add to what we can pay the players. If he leaves I will be disappointed but he has to what is best for himself and Manly also has to do what is best for the club.

              Also Hiku is not a long term winger imo. As Darren said he is not quite quick enough. Fine as a fill in but not permanent in that spot. If we lose Wolfie I think Gutherson will step in.
            • globaleagle

              globaleagle Je saisis mon chapeau. Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

              +13,340 /117
              If his manager is half decent, he or she should be able to drag in copious 3rd party deals to keep fatty wolfie happy at Manly.
            • Rodo

              Rodo Goldmember 2017 Tipping Competitor

              +692 /20
              Many of the younger fans adore the Wolfman including my little girl. And they would all be heart broken if he was to leave. I've taken my daughter to a few games this year and it wasn't long before the Wolfman became her favourite player. At the game last weekend I bought her a Manly teddy bear. She's named him "David the Wolfbaby" and now takes him everywhere.

              So Manly, how about you think of the Children ;)
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              • Townsville Eagle

                Townsville Eagle Active Member

                +171 /0
                Surely we can afford Wolfie....(he states as he howls to the moon).
              • Ralphie

                Ralphie Well-Known Member Premium Member

                +2,948 /287
                By Ben Blaschke
                3:00pm Thu 03rd October, 2013

                Rejuvenated Manly winger David Williams is hoping to complete a double celebration this week with the 27-year-old on the verge of signing a new two-year-deal with the club just in time for the grand final.

                Williams, who missed the Sea Eagles' 2011 premiership win after breaking his neck in Round 25, was tight-lipped when NRL.com spoke to him ahead of Sunday's clash with the Sydney Roosters, saying only: "I'd love to stay. I've never wanted to leave and I'd like to think I could stay here for the rest of my career, but I'm just worried about the grand final at the moment. The rest will take care of itself."

                However, Manly officials have confirmed that an offer has been officially presented to Williams' manager, with the flying winger expected to put pen to paper within days of the decider.

                It comes as a welcome reward for Williams as he looks to make up for lost time with a premiership win against the Roosters.

                "It would be pretty bloody special," he said of the prospect of adding to the title he won back in 2008. "It would be more special than the first one for me I think. That first one I was just riding the wave, this time I've changed my whole training and my outlook on how I play my football. There has definitely been a lot more work that has gone into it."

                Williams burst onto the scene in 2008, scoring 14 tries in 20 games, winning a grand final and making his Test debut for Australia. The following season he represented City-Country and played two games for NSW, but a shoulder injury suffered in the 2010 pre-season was the catalyst for three horror seasons in which he played a total of just 28 games.

                "I haven't been past Round 25 since 2009 so that's been a bit torturous," he said. "I missed the whole season in 2010 which was pretty hard to take and then being out in Round 25 two years in a row (2011 and 2012) was tough too – especially when the boys went so well in 2011.

                "But we're here now and just looking forward to the week and all the challenges ahead. To be honest, I've just been happy to double my usual season average of games. It's been good to play almost every game and to have been gradually improving as well so hopefully I can step up again this week."

                Williams insists his injury-free 2013 has been no fluke, either.

                Renowned as one of the more unique characters in the NRL, earlier this year he began experimenting with a raw food diet recommended by personal trainer Seane Carolan and says the decision to eliminate anything cooked has worked wonders on his fragile body.

                "I think a lot of factors have come into play this year but my training regime and my diet has certainly started to kick in with the results later in the season," he said.

                "It's second to none. I've played an average of 12 games a year throughout my career and my injury prevention and ability to recover post-game – even during the game – is sevenfold now compared with how it used to be. I put that all down to my trainer and the diet I've been on."

                Most remarkable is that Williams has remained fit at a time when the club as a whole has taken a battering. The Sea Eagles have endured a torrid few months with a number of players having battled through injury to help Manly to a fourth grand final in seven seasons, but while many have been surprised by their endurance in 2013 Williams says the playing group never doubted themselves.

                "It's rugby league, you're going to be bruised and battered every week," he said. "If you weren't bruised and battered every week it means you're not going out there and giving it a good dig. At the end of the day you've got to do what you've got to do.

                "There is a lot of self-belief at this club. We've been together for a while and we all know what we're capable of. I think that's why we always get up each other when we're not doing everything to the best of our abilities.

                "The first 20 minutes was definitely like that and I don't think any of us thought for a minute that being bruised and battered was any excuse.

                "But it was good to bounce back and eventually kick into gear and actually play football for a change. I think that will give us a lot of confidence for this week that we can always get the job done."
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                • Shoe1

                  Shoe1 Well-Known Member

                  +7,210 /106
                  Sounds more promising

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