NRL BOUND: Bill Cullen in action for the Capras at Marley Brown Oval earlier this year.
NRL BOUND: Bill Cullen in action for the Capras at Marley Brown Oval earlier this year. Mike Richards

Williams praises Canberra signing Cullen

RUGBY LEAGUE: Capras coach Kim Williams has heaped praise on Canberra Raiders' signing Bill Cullen, comparing him to Queensland Origin forward Tim Glasby.

Cullen signed for the Raiders last week for the remainder of the 2017 season and the club has an option to extend his contract to the end of 2018.

The 21-year-old will initially join Canberra's NSW Cup affiliate Mounties.

Speaking at his weekly press conference, Williams said he was really excited for Cullen and compared his work ethic to that of 28-year-old former Capras forward Glasby.

 

Tim Glasby passes during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort on June 16, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Tim Glasby passes during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort on June 16, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images) Chris Hyde

"There's been a bit of media attention on Tim Glasby and how he has worked really hard and persevered to get the chance at Origin and Bill's a little bit like that," Williams said.

"He's had a shot at an NRL system through the Cowboys and ended up coming back to the Capras to continue his pathway.

"He's worked extremely hard in my time with him over the last 18 months to get a shot. He'd always set that as a goal and knew the steps that he had to take to get there and he's followed that.

"When I got a couple of phone calls in the lead-up to his signing I was able to honestly tell the NRL clubs pretty much exactly what they want to hear when you're asking about a young player.

"Those things include having a fantastic attitude to training and to life in general, having a really strong work ethic, having a positive outlook and obviously a large amount of ability and mental toughness.

"Bill ticks every one of those boxes and in the end it was a pretty easy decision for Canberra to take him.

"He certainly came highly recommended from me and other people who were consulted.

"I take my hat off to him."

The Capras host Easts Tigers at Browne Park 6pm on Saturday night.



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