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T-Rex ready to repay the faith at Eels

“Im pretty excited I get to play again. It has almost been a year since I got injured, but Im looking forward to it.

“I know it hasnt been the start we wanted, but its never too late. We just need a win and we can build from that.”

In his prime, Williams is one of the most destructive forwards in the game. However, the former NSW and Australian backrowers manager wasnt inundated with NRL offers when he was clubless during the summer.

“Oh, I left it real late,” Williams said.

“We tried our luck. It is always hard when youre injured. I played one NRL game last year and the year before that I was a bit on and off too.

"Its really hard to press for a contract, but BA [Arthur] showed faith in me. I think he knew what I was capable of and he knew that he would get it out of me.

"Im really grateful that he gave me that chance. Ive taken it with two hands and Im not looking back.”

There were options in the Super League, but the father of three wasnt keen to move his young family to England. His dream was always to return to the Eels, where he is close mates with several players including Jarryd Hayne. He hopes the long lay-off has extended his career and hopes to earn a new Eels contract in coming months.

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"The body isnt battered or bruised. Its just those niggling injuries that I need to keep on top of,” he said.

"But Im playing every week like it is my last.

"I'd love to stay at Parra, but Ive just got to keep playing consistently.

"You see all these young kids coming up and most of them are bigger than me now [laughs], so Ive got to step my game up.

"But if I play to my potential every week, I can't see why I cant get another contract."

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Adrian Proszenko

Adrian Proszenko is the Chief Rugby League Reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald.

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