EXPLOSIVE Nestles batsman Cam Williams will ply his trade with Victorian Premier Cricket (VPC) club Essendon this season.
Williams, back in Australia after a stint playing for English club Scarcroft, has opted to test himself in the elite Victorian club competition.
He will likely play in the Bombers’ second XI against Carlton at Windy Hill in the season-opener on Saturday.
Williams, 21, yesterday told The Standard he trained with the club during the 2012-13 pre-season before returning to the Factory.
Essendon coach Brendan Joyce made contact again during winter in a bid to lure the highly-rated wicketkeeper-batsman.
“The only reason I didn’t go last year was I still had the under 21 Vic Country team on the agenda and also the under 21 Western Waves team,” Williams said yesterday.
“That was the main reason I stayed down. And also to try and get Warrnambool up to the premier division of Country Week.
“All those things were against me going up last year.
“This year the only choice was to go up and play there and showcase my skills.”
Williams endured a lean year with the bat for Nestles last summer but found touch during Country Week, posting two centuries.
He took that momentum into the English summer, belting 979 runs at an average of 51 for Scarcroft in the Wetherby Cricket League.
“My dad and a lot of people from around the (Warrnambool and District) cricket association said you’d be stupid to stay around, you may as well give it a crack and if you don’t like it, you can always come back. The Warrnambool association isn’t going to go anywhere,” he said.
Williams, who will have a bricklaying job trial on Friday, said he simply wanted to make runs in his first season at the club. He hoped to work his way into the first XI but wanted to prove himself to Joyce and the coaching staff first.
“At the moment my goal is fixing little technical flaws I’ve got in my batting,” Williams said.
“Brendan Joyce has played numerous years as a batsman in Premier League firsts. He’s a very skilful and handy player.
“He’s got a lot of things to offer me from the coaching side of things.
“A regular firsts spot would be my goal in the next two years.”