One of the least talked about trades at the end of last season was the move of Marley Williams from Collingwood to North Melbourne.
Perhaps the lack of fanfare was to be expected, a trade that sees a player move for pick 105 usually does not generate a lot of excitement.
A new start for Marley Williams
Still only 23 years of age, the ex-Magpie makes the move to Arden Street with 68 AFL games under his belt and a point to prove. Apparently the West Australian was on the brink of being delisted by the Magpies. Lucky for Williams the Kangaroos threw him a lifeline in the trade period.
The defender is certainly excited by the new challenge that lies ahead with the Kangaroos.
“It was really exciting. I only found out half an hour before the deadline (the trade would happen). I’ve got a lot of football left in me and I haven’t even shown what I can do”
The North Melbourne playing list
The list has undergone significant change in the off-season. Of course there was the well-publicised departures of Brent Harvey, Nick Dal Santo, Drew Petrie and Michael Firrito. Joining Williams at the Roos during the trade period was Nathan Hrovat from the Western Bulldogs and Paul Ahern from GWS. The latter recovering from an ACL injury which will see him miss the 2017 season.
At minimal cost the acquisition of Marley Williams is certainly a risk worth taking for the Roos. It was only in 2015 that Williams was a key performer at Collingwood. He finished seventh in the Best & Fairest.
He was an integral part of the team with his ability to play as a lock down defender but also provide plenty of run and dash out of the defensive half.
Knowing he is playing for his career might just bring out the best in Marley Williams. If he can recapture his best form, the Kangaroos will be the big winners.