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Williams dreams of Premiership with Nottingham

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.

Ali Williams Nottingham Rugby

Part of 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 director.

But if there is more Williams can do for Nottingham on the field, he is intent on once again donning the green and white hoops.

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 said.

"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 their goal.

"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 here."

You can get the full Ali Williams interview in the Moseley match edition of ENGAGE on sale at Meadow Lane Stadium on Sunday, December 23.


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