Deano’s head­ing for the Sub­urbs

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS - ALEXANDER HANNAH

GI­ANT lock for­ward, Dean Wil­liams is mov­ing onto pas­tures new as he ad­ven­tures down un­der to ply his trade in Auck­land.

Wil­liams heads for the south­ern hemi­sphere to join the Sub­urbs, play­ing in their lo­cal pre­mier grade rugby.

The 7ft mon­ster stands above his peers and tends to lead by ex­am­ple on the pitch since join­ing the club.

‘Deano’ has been both pro­moted and rel­e­gated with the Blues, and so has ex­pe­ri­enced the highs and lows on rugby with Macclesfield af­ter sign­ing from Sed­g­ley Tigers.

“My time with Macc has been pretty up and down,” he ad­mit­ted. “But it’s cer­tainly en­joy­able on and off the pitch.

“It’s a great club with great peo­ple in­volved at all lev­els, it’s been a plea­sure to be a part of it and of course I’m go­ing to miss it.”

This sea­son – with the club back in Na­tional League One af­ter last year’s ti­tle-win­ning cam­paign – has been tough for the Blues, and has left Wil­liams frus­trated with some of the luck they have ex­pe­ri­enced.

But he is con­fi­dent they are yet to cause a few up­sets be­fore this sea­son’s out.

“We must just keep play­ing our rugby to the high­est stan­dard we can, and then we’ll see where we end up.

“We’ll sur­prise a few peo­ple yet this sea­son.

“We’re def­i­nitely a very good side. We’ve been very un­for­tu­nate with in­juries but some­times that’s the way it is.”

Wil­liams will play for Auck­land Sub­urbs out there and is rel­ish­ing the new chal­lenge; he ex­pects it to be a rather dif­fer­ent brand of rugby out there and knows he will have some work to do on his own game.

“I ex­pect the rugby to be very tough, the game will prob­a­bly be a lot quicker out there than it is over here,” he added.

“My fit­ness will need to come up a bit, but I’ll cer­tainly en­joy the chal­lenge.”

Wil­liams was very thank­ful to his new club, who are help­ing him find his feet in for­eign land as they have helped him to find ac­com­mo­da­tion and work while he is out there.

The Sub­urbs have pro­duced 10 All Blacks in the past, in­clud­ing 100-cap man and scorer of 33 in­ter­na­tional test scores, Mils Mu­lia­nia.

They also pro­duced Craig Dowd, a prop who was capped 60 times and made more than 100 ap­pear­ances in Eng­land for Lon­don Wasps.

The Blues’ head coach, Giles Hea­gerty speaks very highly of ‘Deano’ and said: “Dean has been a huge as­set to Macclesfield rugby, not just in stature, but in all he has done.

“There’s no doubt­ing the tal­is­manic value he brings to the team along­side his phys­i­cal­ity, and he will be missed.

“What has im­pressed me the most is his ded­i­ca­tion to train­ing and his con­sis­tency in al­ways want­ing to im­prove as a player.

“We wish him all the best.”

The rings of ‘Deano’ that ac­com­pany his bruis­ing ball car­ries will be missed around Pri­ory Park, but ev­ery­one at the club wishes Deano ev­ery suc­cess.

It’s been a plea­sure to be a part of it and of course I’m go­ing to miss it.



Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Macclesfield’s Dean Wil­liams (above) is mov­ing to the Auck­land Sub­urbs

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