The Woden Valley Rams have announced the signing of former Canberra Raiders utility Lincoln Withers.
Having represented the Gungahlin Bulls as player-coach for four seasons, the move sees Withers return to his junior club.
“It’s a good way to finish,” Withers said. “I think this is probably my last year, that’s why I was a bit keen to go back to the Rams and maybe finish off that way.”
Joining the Rams as a player to provide leadership for their young playmakers, Withers is relishing the prospect of helping the club develop their junior players.
“A big point in getting me back to the Rams was that they are a young side, there are some really good kids and they wanted me to provide a bit of guidance and help the young ones come through,” Withers said.
Having coached Woden’s Under 16 side last year, Withers already has a good understanding of the talent within the club.
“I really enjoyed coaching the Under 16s. It was a bit different but it was good. Whatever you told them, they took it on board and picked it up quickly.”
Boasting one of the youngest sides in the competition, Woden Head Coach Ash Barnes was pleased to add Withers’ experience to his roster.
“One of the key things about signing Linc was the experience he had and what he can bring to the side and I’m really excited that he has agreed to come on board,” Barnes said. “He’s got a lot of experience in both the NRL and Super League, as well as coaching. I’m really looking forward to working with him and utilising the skill set that he’s got.”
With the former Canberra Raider having played at hooker and halfback throughout his career, Barnes sees Withers playing in the halves during 2018.
“We’re primarily looking at him as a half,” Barnes said. “We’ve got a couple of good young hookers and I think Linc in the halves will help those hookers and direct the team around.”
Withers made 83 appearances for the Canberra Raiders and made a total of 267 professional rugby league appearances in a career that saw him play for the Wests Tigers, St. George Illawarra, Crusaders and Hull K.R.