WARRINGTON Wolves winger Rhys Williams has pledged to fight for his spot in the first team after signing a two-year contract extension keeping him at the club until November 2014.
Wolves have announced the re-signing of Wales’ all-time top try scorer alongside first-team contracts for Under 20s Valvoline Cup winners Gene Ormsby and Gavin Bennion, who have both signed three-year deals keeping them at the club until November 2015.
But after a 2012 season spent fighting for a regular spot among Wolves’ prolific outside backs, a fight that resulted in seven tries in nine starts and a month-long loan spell at Castleford Tigers, Williams has his eyes set on becoming a staple in Tony Smith’s side in 2013.
“I'm obviously delighted to secure another two years and I want to be playing for Warrington week in, week out,” he said.
“That is my only aim at the moment.”
But the 22-year-old is well aware that competition among Warrington’s wingers means that he may have to head out on loan again, particularly if he wants to play as much Super League as possible ahead of Wales’ World Cup campaign.
“With the calibre of squad we have here, playing every week is not always going to be possible,” he admitted.
“I went on loan to get some more experience, play big teams and back-to-back games and it benefited me.
“It was certainly strange to play against Warrington, but it did me no harm and with next year being a World Cup year I need as much rugby as possible to get myself ready.”
And that competition is only getting stronger after announcing the signing of 20-year-old former Oldham St Annes winger Ormsby, along with second rower Bennion, who started out with Latchford Albion and Rylands Sharks.
Ormsby’s inclusion in the full-time ranks means that Williams is facing competition from as many as five players for a place on Wolves’ flanks.
Bennion, aged 18, started in the club’s under 18s side last season before making his way up to the under 20s team, while also being one of three Wolves players to take part in England’s Academy tour of Australia in August.