Dragons: Released Sam Williams heads to France

RUGBY LEAGUE

Sam Williams is France-bound.

Sam Williams is France-bound.

Halfback Sam Williams has been released by St George Illawarra to take up a contract with Catalan until the end of the Super League season.

Williams, 23, joined the Dragons from Canberra ahead of the 2014 season, but failed to cement a spot in the halves under former coach Steve Price who was sacked last month.

The former NSW Country playmaker played four games this year but the writing was on the wall when the joint venture snared Benji Marshall to partner Gareth Widdop on the former Wests Tigers' superstar's return from rugby union.

Williams has been released from his two-year contract effective immediately.

"The club had made the decision that we were not going to take up the option on Sam's contract for next year and advised Sam and his management accordingly and, at the same time, we indicated that we were not looking to limit his potential to advance his career," Dragons recruitment manager Ben Haran said in a statement.

"An offer for the balance of the season from the Catalan Dragons presented itself to Sam and ... the club did not wish to stand in the way of this opportunity to play in the UK Super League each week." - AAP

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