Junior Clubs: Narrandera (NSW)
Recruited From: Narrandera/NSW-ACT U18
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Local NSW product Zac Williams was selected by the GIANTS with pick 55 in the 2012 NAB AFL Rookie Draft. The athletic half-back from Narranderra in southern NSW was the first GIANTS Academy graduate to play senior AFL when he made his debut in Round 5, 2013.
Had to wait until round six for his first senior game in 2015 and then headed back to the NEAFL after spending three successive weeks as the sub. But after earning another recall in round 12, Williams didn't look back. Averaged almost 20 possessions a game in his final nine games and provided brilliant support for fellow attacking defender Heath Shaw. The former GIANTS Academy product thrilled fans with his willingness to take the game on with the ball in his hands. Williams could be a star by the end of the year if his game continues to evolve.
One of the surprise packets of the GIANTS’ 2013 campaign, Williams found the going tougher early in his second year at the club. Struggling for consistency, he played only two AFL games in the opening 15 rounds. The small defender bounced back well late in the season, playing six of the final eight games.
Picked up late in last year’s rookie draft, 2013 was supposed to be a development year for the youngster from Narrandera in country NSW. Instead, Williams’ terrific form in the NEAFL led to his AFL debut in round five against Gold Coast and he made 11 senior appearances, including six in succession late in the year.
A quick, tough midfielder, Williams can also play at half-back or in a back pocket and represented NSW/ACT in 2012. Still raw, the teenager from Narrandera in country NSW also spent time in the NEAFL and has a bright future.
2013 Rookie Draft GWS Academy selection (GWS GIANTS) No.55; 2013 NAB AFL Draft rookie elevation (GWS GIANTS) selection No.95
2013 NAB AFL Rising Star Nominee Round 19