Just when everyone was starting to notice his talents, Jack Williams' year came to an abrupt halt with a season-ending injury in the Sharks round 15 match against the Broncos.
A standout performer as one of the strongest in the weights room, Williams was starting to take his form in the gym out onto the playing field, with his hard running and uncompromising defence playing for the Jets, earning him a spot in the Sharks 17.
Debuted in Canberra in round 10, scoring a try in an impressive effort against his old club, but unfortunately would only manage three more NRL games before the pectoral tear ruined his year.
Despite working tirelessly on his rehab, Williams wasn't able to return during the remainder of 2018 but the future certainly looks bright for the Cooma Colts junior.
As a show of the Sharks confidence in the player they think he can become, Williams was offered and signed a new two-year deal with the club, with his challenge now to build on his 2018 form and to cement a place in the NRL 17 in 2019.
Photo of the Year
A try on debut against your old club, it doesn't get much sweeter.
2019 – What's next
His four-game cameo in 2018 showed what sort of player Jack Williams can become, with his test being to return to that impressive form and to further improve during 2019.
As a fellow lock-forward, has the perfect mentor in Paul Gallen to help with his rugby league education in what will be the skipper's final year next season.