You have skipped the navigation, tab for page content catches up with Tony Williams to discuss his injury, the pre-season and what he expects from himself in 2016.

The damaging back-rower has been back training now for two weeks and after missing more than half of the 2015 season with a torn pec and a minor ankle injury, the 27 year old is determined to make the most of the 2016 pre-season and be ready for a big 2016.

“My injuries are coming along well,” said Williams

“We have been working hard at getting the strength back in my shoulder and the ankle is good as well.

“The first week was hard, but I’m adjusting to the volume and every week I am improving, which is a good sign.”

The return of Williams will certainly be a boost for the squad with the departure of fan favourite Frank Pritchard.

Pritchard’s experience and leadership will be missed, but Williams is fully aware of his responsibilities in this area and knows it’s something he needs to be better at.

“Leadership is what I need to be better at.

“I have been in the game now for 10 years and I have to get better at the little things in my game.”

Heading into his fourth year at the Bulldogs and the final year of his contract, Williams understands what he needs to do over the summer in order to be at his best.

“The focus is to stay injury free and get back to playing good footy.

“Getting my movement back, my speed back, but there are no excuses now.

“Everything is fixed and I am looking forward to having a massive year and help the team reach that ultimate goal.”

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