Khan Williams becomes newest in Grafton Ghosts' 100 club
HARD-hitting centre Khan Williams will become the 19th Grafton Ghost to play 100 games with the club this Sunday.
And what a game to do it in.
The Ghosts will take on Group 2 heavyweights Coffs Harbour Comets in a much-anticipated match that will pit Coffs coach Col Speed against his former club.
Coincidentally, Speed was in charge when Williams earned a spot in the NRRRL team of the year at fullback in 2008.
Williams becomes the latest in a long line of fellow teammates from that squad to crack the 100 mark. Ryan Farrell, Mitch Wicks, Ben McLennan, and former Ghost Rhys Walters all made it in the past 18 months.
Their shared contribution to the Ghosts could be one of the telling factors when analysing the club's success over the years since, with two premierships and Clayton Cups in 2010-11, in addition to three grand final losses.
Captain-coach Farrell, who was inducted into the "100 club" last week, said Williams was in the first grade team before he was back in 2008.
"He came into first grade the year before I got back," Farrell said.
"I've played alongside him the whole time. It's probably why we've been so successful over the years.
"We all enjoy playing footy together."
It may surprise some to know the giant centre started his first-grade career as a winger and fullback, returning the ball with such ferocity he left opposition defences in tatters.
The trademark strength has only grown since then, with Williams making his home at centre and occasionally the second row.
"He's probably not as quick as he used to be," Farrell said of the move.
"He moved closer to the front line, closer to the action. He probably prefers it up there."
Williams is known as someone who plays with an aggressive style on the field, and was targeted by opposition defences based on his likelihood to react.
Their baiting for a certain reaction is all a misconception according to Farrell, who said Williams simply made it "difficult" for opponents.
"Let's say I'm glad I'm on his side and he isn't running at me," Farrell said. "He has an aggressive style. He rips in, and not everyone enjoys that. He makes it difficult for his opponents and is very hard to bring down."
Team: Mitch Lollback, Marty Donohoe, Aaron Hartmann, Khan Williams, Matt Muller, Raih Woolley, Ryan Farrell, Mitch Wicks, Todd Cameron, Ryan Binge, Brett Wicks, Ben McLennan*, Jayden McDonagh, Tim Tilse. *Josh Donohoe on standby.