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Zachary Williams

#29   GWS Giants
Age: 24yr 11mth    Games: 100     Born: September 20, 1994     Origin: Narrandera
Height: 185cm     Weight: 84kg     Position: Defender
Last Drafted: Round 8, Pick #95 2013 National Draft by GWS Giants
Supercoach Price: $512,400   Supercoach Profile
AFL Fantasy Price: $704,000   AFL Fantasy Profile
Contract Status: RFA at the end of 2020   AFL Player Contracts
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Zachary Williams Biography

Tuesday, 23 July 2019
Zac Williams racks up 26 possessions, 10 tackles and five inside 50s as a midfielder in the Giants' 47-point triumph over Collingwood.

"I've been telling you all for seven years that I'm a midfielder!" Williams, who usually plays as a dashing half-back, said after the game facetiously.

"Leon called me into his office during the week and told me I was going to start on the ball and I was pumped to have a crack inside, but also a bit nervous. But the other boys backed me in right from the start so that helped me a lot."

Tuesday, 4 September 2018
Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron confirms Zac Williams will play his first senior game of 2018 in this week's elimination final against the Swans.

Williams hasn't been seen this season after he ruptured his Achilles at training in January, but he played the last two games of the NEAFL season and gathered 67 possessions across those matches.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018
Zac Williams will have surgery on his ruptured Achilles and is likely to miss most of the 2018 season.
Friday, 19 January 2018
Zac Williams suffers a ruptured Achilles at training and will be sidelined for an extended period.

"This is a really unfortunate injury for Zac who had been training really well throughout the pre-season so far," GWS head of athletic performance David Joyce said.

"Zac will meet with a specialist early next week to determine the extent of the injury which will allow us to then map out the best possible management pathway."

Thursday, 8 June 2017
A sidestep developed playing rugby league is helping rising star Zac Williams prosper at Greater Western Sydney.

"When I was younger I played a bit of rugby league coming up through my junior years," Williams told AAP.

"I think playing rugby with all my friends and my cousins in the backyard I just developed the sidestep from a young age, so it's sort of helped me out over the last couple of years."

He played on the wing and at five-eighth in the 13-a-side code, but Australian Rules captured his heart despite a family connection to rugby league.

"Dad played league. He got a few letters from NRL teams up in Sydney, but he just never took the opportunity because he didn't want to leave home," Williams said.

"I guess, he was a bit of a mother's boy like I am, but my mum kicked me out of the house and told me to go find my dreams."

Saturday, 22 April 2017
In five years, Zac Williams has gone from rookie selection to become one of the first picked at Greater Western Sydney.

From Narrandera, a small town south-west of Sydney, he arrived out of the Giants' academy into the big smoke with a best-on-ground performance in a country Grand Final to his name and a fair bit to learn.

He then set about becoming a good enough player to earn the unofficial title from Champion Data as the game's most underrated defender in 2016.

In that break-out season he averaged 405 metres a game and ranked seventh among general defenders in score involvements as he finished seventh in the club best and fairest.

"He's one of our first picked every week," Giants defensive coach Mark McVeigh said.

"He's a very humble person. Nothing goes to his head and he always has a smile on his face. He is a pleasure to coach to be quite honest."

Friday, 17 February 2017
Zac Williams' signs a new three-year contract with Greater Western Sydney that will keep him at the club until the end of 2020.

"Obviously the Giants gave me my opportunity to play AFL when every other club overlooked me," he said.

"I'm happy here up in Sydney and I've made some really good friends here.

"I had a good year last year and we got to play in our first final and prelim final, so we're going in the right direction, so that was a major reason behind me re-signing with the club."

Thursday, 13 August 2015
Zac Williams signs a new two-year deal with Greater Western Sydney.

"It was a pretty easy decision to re-sign with the club for another two years," Williams said.

"I've been here for three years now and I'm really settled in Sydney with some of my best mates here at the club."

Tuesday, 6 August 2013
Zac Williams becomes the third Giant to win an AFL Rising Star nomination after tallying 21 possessions, five marks and three tackles in a win against Melbourne at Skoda Stadium.
Thursday, 25 April 2013
Rookie listed Zach Williams will make his AFL debut against Gold Coast in round 5.

"It was a big shock to me, I wasn't expecting to actually get elevated from the rookie list just yet," Williams said.

"It was an unbelievable feeling. I rang mum yesterday and think she had a bit of a teary moment. We've been working towards this ever since I was 15 or 16."

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