Wakefield land Canberra halfback Williams

Wakefield Trinity have confirmed the signing of Canberra Raiders half-back Sam Williams on a one-year deal.

The 25-year-old brings an end to Chris Chester’s extensive search for a new pivot, with Williams set to provide competition for Liam Finn and Jacob Miller.

Williams, who made a handful of appearances in Super League for Catalans in 2014, will link up with the club for the start of pre-season.

“I am very excited to join Wakefield, and it is a family club with such a close-knit community,” said Williams.

“I’m looking forward to being able to work with Chris Chester, I have heard good things from Josh Hodgson on his coaching and I am now excited to be a part of it and am looking forward to what the future holds.”

Chris Chester added: “Sam Williams is a great signing for the club and a big coup. A number of Super League clubs were chasing his signature and I am delighted that he has chosen to play at Wakefield.

“I would like to thank Ricky Stuart and the Canberra Raiders for helping us make the signing happen. Sam will bring a wealth of experience and a good kicking game along with being a good leader on and off the field.”

Wakefield chairman Michael Carter said: “Having spoken to Sam at length, I am delighted that this young man has agreed to join us. I look forward to seeing him don the Red, White and Blue jersey next season.”