England (8/1 World Cup 2021 outright) head coach Shaun Wane has challenged half-back George Williams to be more vocal to put himself in the mix for the captaincy of the national side.
The former Wigan Warriors (5/2 Grand Final Winner) star is currently plying his trade in the NRL with the Canberra Raiders after impressing in the Betfred Super League.
With the World Cup taking place later this year, Wane is considering his next captain following the retirement of Wigan and England skipper Sean O’Loughlin.
Wane, who coached Williams at the DW Stadium, admits he would be up there as a candidate for the armband if he managed to improve his communication on and off the field.
“If George was more vocal he’d already be a leading candidate to be captain,” said Wane. “He is a very, very smart player, but he is very, very quiet.”
Meanwhile, Wane has urged Williams to get even better in his role with the Raiders (10/1 NRL Grand Final Winner) Down Under.
The England boss has been keeping close tabs on the 26-year-old and, while he feels the stand-off is playing well, is adamant Williams can still do better.
Wane added: “Over the next few days I’ll be speaking to all of the NRL players individually, and it’s going to be straight between the eyes.
“There’s no bigger fan of George Williams than me. But he also knows that I’m never happy with anybody, and I always want more.”