The Williams discussion on NRL360 was interesting especially the part about the pre-season when it first came up and some Sydney clubs were he's homesick his manager has been ringing around cause he doesn't like Canberra and wants to be closer to the beach and get the full Australian experience.
We have in the past had english players who have wanted to go home. We have discussed how the Raiders have had success recruiting from England. That's two gone now. Might be homesick or like us saying Auckland isn't the best place it could be Canberra. Or they wanted to get as far away from Ricky as possible.
I thought the narrative they were pushing (particularly Hoops) that the club was 100% in the right with its approach to dismissing him was a bit off.
Fundamentally they could be half right and the guy could be an entitled little pain in the a$$. I don’t know. But the way the club has managed it is poor. If he’s asked for a release and claimed mental health issues you have to consider the optics of the clubs reaction and handling of that situation to other players and fans.
They tried to use the fact that the Warriors all played away from home last year as some kind of justification for why he should have stuck it out but the fact is Fusitua
, Passi and Vuniyayawa
all went home being homesick and the club didn’t dismiss them or cut their contracts.
Can’t see how Canberra will continue to attract UK talent if Bateman, Hodgson & Williams are all due to leave in short order and all pretty unhappy with their time their.
Good luck with Princess Johnson
I say Sticky!