Rugby League: Wyong captain-coach Mitch Williams back on the park 18 days after surgery threatened to end season

BY HIS own admission, Mitch Williams says it "does sound crazy".

But whatever way you look at it, the Wyong captain-coach led out the Roos over the weekend just 18 days after having surgery on a broken cheekbone.

Williams suffered the injury midway through the club's season opener last month before undergoing an operation to repair the damage.

There were initial concerns he could miss the rest of the Newcastle Rugby League campaign, but the former NSW Cup representative had the No.9 jersey on his back against Central at St John Oval on Sunday.

Wyong, who meet Lakes at Cahill Oval on Saturday, are unbeaten on top of the competition after five rounds.

* NEWCASTLE RL lower grades have Wyong (tier two) and Souths (under 19s, women's Blues Tag) leading their respective ladders with perfect records so far in 2020.

* ROOS under-19 player Malie Townsend received a two-match suspension and 50 carryover points this week after entering an early guilty plea for a contrary conduct charge. He was sent off for using offensive language towards an official.

* HALF-A-DOZEN players from the Central Coast Roosters are part of the NSW women's squad, which met for a training session at the state's centre of excellence on the weekend. This includes Hannah Southwell, Caitlan Johnston, Mel Howard and Bobbi Law.