GWS Hoping that Zac Williams' Future Doesn't Prove a Distraction in Play-Off Quest

Discussion in 'Blog' started by walesy, Aug 17, 2020.

By walesy on Aug 17, 2020 at 10:56 AM
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    GWS were the surprise package of the 2019 season, having overcome an injury crisis to reach the Grand Final, despite finishing sixth. It was a remarkable and monumental campaign, and although they have yet to hit those heights this time around, the Giants still look on course to make the play-offs. They won three consecutive matches at the beginning of August to put themselves firmly back in contention for a spot in the top eight, yet questions surrounding the future of Zac Williams could prove to be an unwanted distraction in the club's quest to reach the showpiece event for the second consecutive season.



    Despite being told by doctors that he may never recapture his 2017 form, Williams returned from a ruptured Achilles last season, and immediately hit the ground running. His blistering performance against the Swans emphatically announced his return to top-level football with an eye-catching 23 disposals at a 78% efficiency as well as nine marks, six intercepts and 489m gained. Predictably, the out-of-contract 25-year old has attracted his fair share of admirers, and a number of AFL clubs are believed to be keeping tabs on the free agent. He is believed to be worth between $600,000 and $800,000 per season, with his flexibility unquestionably helping to increase his value.

    Williams is one of two key players who are out-of-contract at the end of this season, and although coach Leon Cameron is confident that the duo will re-sign, the temptation to accept a lucrative deal elsewhere may just prove to be irresistable. GSW have offered the 2013 AFL Rising Star a five-year contract, yet it remains unsigned, and the situation is still likely be unresolved going into a crucial period of the season.

    The dashing half-back has arguably the biggest and toughest decision of his career to make over the coming months, and he certainly won't be short of potential suitors. Although no formal offers have been officially confirmed, several clubs in Victoria have recently registered an interest, whilst a handful of other AFL sides from other states may also jump on the bandwagon.

    Williams is a model professional, and although there is no suggestion that the New South Wales-born star will take his foot off the gas over the coming weeks, the prospect of a big-money move can sometimes weigh heavy on a player's shoulders. Several highly-rated stars have lost form amid protracted contract negotiations, and fans will be hoping that the adaptable performer can maintain his high standards, despite the continued uncertainty. GSW are $2.60 in the latest Aussie Rules betting to finish inside the top four, and they will need their soon-to-be out-of-contract players to be at the top of their game in order to mirror last year's achievements.



    Second-year midfielder Jye Caldwell is another player whose contract situation is up in the air, however, the 2018 draftee is believed to be settled in Sydney, and despite interest from elsewhere, he's expected to put pen to paper in the coming weeks. However, the future of Williams remains far murkier, and fans will be hoping that a conclusion can be reached before the end-of-season play-offs. With the situation expected to last several weeks, the versatile star's future mustn't overshadow another positive campaign for GSW. The club have done everything within their power to persuade the much-coveted utility man to stay in Sydney, however, regardless of the eventual outcome, both player and club must knuckle down and focus on firing the Giants back into the AFL Grand Final.
     

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Discussion in 'Blog' started by walesy, Aug 17, 2020.

    1. ike2112
      ike2112
      Surely this is the guy St Kilda are all-in for. They say they want a Mid, and it's not Brad Crouch. Gotta be either Williams or Ollie Wines.
      Whoever is getting Williams, may as well make a play for Hately too - Caldwell may be settled but with Green getting games too, its a congested midfield and Hately could likely be starting for a few other clubs, or in St Kilda's case either be in the 22 or the primary backup mid.
      Last edited: Aug 18, 2020
    2. Penske file
      Penske file
      Is round 15 part of the finals, what do they mean by no Head to head, is it scores only (18 players).I can't quite comprehend what is happening.
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    3. stripey
      stripey
      No match ups for leagues but still counts towards overall
    4. ike2112
      ike2112
      So that means round 14 must be the end of regular season, rounds 16-18 as finals?

      Wow, didn't give us much chance to catch up if we were out of the top 8 at round 10.
      Normally I invest heavily in the early weeks, hadn't really done it as much anyway, but full premo from round 13 onwards is still a hefty ask...

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