Eagle eyed supporters will remember Rhys Williams playing a short loan spell with Salford in 2013. Since then ‘Dragon’ has spent time on loan at various clubs as well as a stint in Australia with Central Queensland.
A very successful period with London Broncos where he racked up a tremendous try record has helped establish Rhys in Rugby League’s Super League. After five seasons in the capital Williams joined Salford for 2020.
His professional career started with Warrington Wolves. His try record there is another impressive one. Ironically his first try for Warrington came at the Magic Weekend in Murrayfield back in 2010, a 68-10 thumping of Salford. His first try for Celtic Crusaders came twelve months later at the Magic Weekend in Cardiff. Once again this came against Salford in another game Reds supporters would probably rather forget.
After a very memorable 2019 season Salford lost some key players but replacements were recruited wisely. It’s well known that Ian Watson doesn’t have the squad size and resources of other clubs but in the three quarters their are plenty of options and competition for places. Williams was very impressive in the pre season games and forced his way into the starting line up for the Super League opener at St Helens.
A fantastic solo try against Toronto Wolfpack made headlines around the globe. Many people have spotted a likeness between Williams and Liverpool striker Mo Salah. Perhaps it’s a hair and beard thing!
Williams is by no means the biggest player in the competition but certainly plays well above his weight. This hasn’t gone unnoticed with coach Ian Watson who has high praise for the Welshman. “Dragon is deceptive in the way he looks, he likes his food as well. He’s very quick, you put him in a bit of space and he’s gone. The good thing is he’s willing to learn.”
An ever present so far this season playing on the wing in all seven matches so far. Already a firm fans favourite with the Salford faithful to his credit.
Supporters have been delighted with his work rate. A huge meter maker who returns the ball with so much enthusiasm. You sense the excitement when he’s in possession especially with his neat footwork and ability to beat players with a step.
In Friday’s brave comeback win over Wigan Warriors the statistics made for remarkable reading. Williams made 146 meters.
Rhys goes by the name of Dragon with his team mates and Watson. This welsh Dragon has breathed plenty of fire in to Salford Red Devils season so far with plenty more to come.