NARRANDERA’S own Zac Williams has secured his future at Greater Western Sydney (GWS) with a new three-year deal.
GWS saved a special announcement for their arrival in Narrandera with the news that the hometown hero is set to stay a Giant.
Williams enjoyed a sensational 2016 season that had him in line for All Australian selection, and more recently, dubbed ‘AFL’s most underrated player’ by Champion Data.
Williams, 22, admitted it was advice from his mum, Joy, that convinced him to ink a new deal with the Giants, that will see him at the club until the end of 2020.
“When we first started having chats about (the new deal), it was pretty hard because obviously my family is a little bit closer to Melbourne,” Williams revealed.
“But I’m happy up here. I had discussions with mum as well and she pretty much told me to stay up in Sydney. You’ve always got to do what you’re told when mum says something.
“We had a discussion about how I’m happy up here in Sydney and how obviously the team success is a bonus as well. So that’s pretty much why I re-signed.
“Three more years up here, I couldn’t be happier.”
Williams is happy to put the distraction of contract negotiations behind him, heading into such a big season for he and the club.
“I’m just happy that it’s all done and dusted, and it’s one less thing to worry about going into the season,” he said.
“I can focus purely on football and hopefully we have the same year as we did last year.”
Williams’ immediate focus is his Narrandera homecoming.
He will run out onto Narrandera Sportsground for the first time since the 2012 grand final, when he was best on ground in Narrandera’s historic Riverina League premiership win.
“Hopefully I can pick up where I left off,” he said.
“I’m really excited. I’ve got a lot of family and friends coming.”