Williams now a Kangaroo

FORMER Junee coach Jade Williams is set to resurrect his Group 9 career with the Kangaroos.

Williams relinquished his role as Diesels’ captain-coach four games into his second term early this season, citing work and family commitments as the leading factors behind his decision.

Weeks later, however, Williams has stunned Group 9 by signing to play out the rest of the premiership with the Wagga club.

Kangaroos captain-coach Adam Hall said yesterday Williams would be a handy pick-up.

“I met Jade when I was coaching Forbes and he was coaching Macquarie,” Hall said.

“We played Group 11 and Country together and stayed in contact with each other since then.”

Despite their friendship, Hall conceded he still “had no idea” Williams was considering a return to his junior club in Wagga.

“He had been bouncing ideas off me since he parted ways with Junee and he was genuinely talking about playing Aussie rules,” Hall said.

“He has been feeling pretty stressed, and wasn’t enjoying his footy, but he really loves his league.

“I had never considered that he might come to Roos ... It’s funny though; a few of the boys had mentioned they reckoned he could be good for us.”

Hall regards Williams as a strong acquisition for the club, lauding him for the experience, knowledge and influence he brings to the outfit.

“Jade is a very good footballer with a very good resume,” Hall said.

“I can see him striking up a good combination with Warren Lloyd.”

Williams and Hall are not ruling out him lining up against Tumut today.