WORLD Cup winning All Black Ali Williams says the
Premiership beckons for the Green and Whites and that he hasn't
ruled out being part of the top flight journey.
the team: Ali Williams pays a visit to Meadow Lane after
completing his autumn tour of duty with New Zealand.
Already the former Green and Whites lock is playing his part in
getting the side to the pinnacle of the English game from the other
side of the world, acting as an advisor in his role as executive
But if there is more Williams can do for Nottingham on the
field, he is intent on once again donning the green and white
It won't be until 2014 at the earliest, after the 31-year-old
signed a one-year contract extension with the Auckland-based
Blues in the Super 15 competition.
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time here and to know that I have got a
club here that I could maybe come back to is quite nice," Williams
"If I came back, it would definitely be to offer something on
the track, as well as off it. You can't have passengers in the game
of rugby and if I came back here it would be to help them achieve
"It wouldn't phase me where Nottingham are at. At the end of the
day it would be about me playing my best rugby to help Nottingham
get to where they want to be. If they are already in the
premiership that would be a bonus because it would be about winning
it, but if they are in the Championship then it is about getting
them to the premiership."
In the meantime, 3am internet calls on Skype for board meetings
is how Williams is making his impact on the Green and Whites.
"I'm probably just a sounding board and I would hope they're
getting benefit out of it," Williams said.
"I get asked 'what do you think of this', 'how do things work
from a crowd perspective in New Zealand', 'how do things work in
terms of contracts', all those sorts of avenues."
Williams is encouraged by the efforts being made both on and off
the field to establish Nottingham as a club that can both win
promotion and maintain its place in the top flight.
Everything, from making Green and Whites' match days an
entertaining event to the exciting brand of rugby that has been
fostered under head coach Martin Haag this season, is vital to the
club's ambitious plans.
"I still see that drive to become a Premiership side, but it
doesn't just happen," Williams said.
"We're not trying to rush it. If it happens this season, then
brilliant, but we won't waiver if it doesn't
"You need decent foundations. Money is only half of the problem.
If you get that end sorted, that's good, but you need something you
can rely on in tough times and we're slowly building things
You can get the full Ali Williams interview in the Moseley match
edition of ENGAGE on sale at Meadow Lane Stadium on Sunday,