Central Queensland Capras recruit and Wales international Rhys Williams arrived in Rockhampton on January 9, 2014. Photo Guy Williams / Morning Bulletin
Central Queensland Capras recruit and Wales international Rhys Williams arrived in Rockhampton on January 9, 2014. Photo Guy Williams / Morning Bulletin Guy Williams

Capras newest recruit lands after 35 hour trip from Britain

CENTRAL Queensland Capras' newest recruit, Rhys Williams, isn't going anywhere.

Williams touched down in Rockhampton yesterday following a 35-hour journey from Manchester, in the north of England.

The 24-year-old Welsh international, who featured in Wales' 2013 Rugby League World Cup campaign, arrived in Rockhampton after spending four seasons with Super League giants Warrington Wolves.

Since making his Super League debut for Warrington in 2010, Williams has been loaned out to Celtic Crusaders (2011), Castleford Tigers (2012) and Salford City Reds (2013), amassing 47 Super League games along the way.

He was determined to play in the 2014 Intrust Super Cup competition on a regular basis and find some consistency with the Capras after a handful of disjointed seasons.

"People have said to me about ambitions to play in the NRL, and obviously I'd love to play in the NRL," he said. "It'd be brilliant, but I've got to perform for the Capras first and that is my priority.

"I just want to be playing week in, week out, whereas at Warrington I haven't been getting a consistent run.

"I'm not coming here saying, 'I want to play NRL'.

"I want to play for the Capras and we'll see what happens."

Williams was greeted by grey skies and wet weather - typical of his northern England home - when he arrived in Rockhampton yesterday morning.

"I landed to the rain, which was a bit unfortunate, but I'm very much ready to kick-off," Williams said.

"I was talking to a mate of mine during my stopover in Brisbane.

"He said it's been about 40 degrees up here, so this wasn't what I was expecting," he said.

"It's a lot like home, but a little bit warmer and less windy. I'm looking forward to the sun coming out and enjoying the warm weather here."

Williams was unsure whether he would join the Capras at the gym last night, but would be at Browne Park tonight for the Capras' field session.



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