Humble Todd named top 2012 player

Central Highlands Player of the Year and Emerald Cowboys forward Todd Williams.
Central Highlands Player of the Year and Emerald Cowboys forward Todd Williams.

THEY don't come more humble than the 2012 Central Highlands Rugby League Player of the Year Todd Williams.

If the mark of a player's worth is gauged by the respect garnered, not only among fellow players but the community as a whole, then Williams is worth his weight in gold.

The former Snowy Mountains junior was honoured to be recognised as the region's best this season but reluctant to draw all the praise.

Modestly, he downplayed the award and instead reaffirmed his belief that many others were equally worthy of similar recognition.

"I was pretty shocked … didn't expect it all. There were quite a number of players who could have got it I reckon," Williams said.

The tireless front-rower was rarely far from the action, both on and off the field.

An Emerald Cowboys club spokesman described Williams, 26, as an invaluable asset to this season's forward pack and willing mentor to the club's next generation of senior players.

He thrived on stepping the young side through its paces and helping to build a solid foundation for the Cowboys in 2013.

In the year that was for the Cowboys, Williams reconciled it was a bit "up and down" but one that definitely had its highlights.

Beating the Peak Downs Pirates and arch rivals the Emerald Tigers at home he named as two of the more memorable games. But spraining his ankle just days out from the club's sudden-death, mid-week play-off against the Bluff Rabbitohs was a definite low point.

"I knew straight away it (the ankle) wouldn't be any good," he said.

"It was frustrating sitting on the sideline, not being able to help."

A carpenter by trade, Williams has since returned to New South Wales for work purposes and who knows, perhaps another stint in the local league down south.

"Yeah, I was thinking about it," he said.

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