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Sullivan expected to help Williams

By Brent Read 03/08/2004 11:08:55 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne forward Danny Williams is expected to be armed with the legal savvy of former judiciary chairman Alan Sullivan as he attempts to save his NRL career on Wednesday night.

Williams opted against having legal representation at his original hearing two weeks ago, with Storm chief executive Frank Stanton and assistant coach Dean Lance looking after his defence.

However, the club has received advice that Williams should have a lawyer on hand at Wednesday night's hearing.

Sullivan, who spent several years at the head of the judiciary, has represented some of the game's highest profile players in recent seasons and is one of the few counsels who can boast a decent record before the panel.

"We were advised to get one (a lawyer) in Danny's best interests," Stanton said on Tuesday night.

Stanton Tuesday night refused to confirm that man would be Sullivan while the prominent lawyer declined to comment.

It's understood the Storm approached Sullivan prior to the original hearing but the club was unable to convince him to take the case.

Williams will need all Sullivan's expertise to avoid a hefty suspension from the NRL following his hit on Wests Tigers veteran Mark O'Neill in round 19.

O'Neill hasn't played since although he has been cleared to make his return for the Tigers this weekend.

Williams' original hearing two weeks was adjourned when the Storm provided evidence - via former Australian Rugby League and current Sydney Swans doctor Nathan Gibbs - that he was suffering post-traumatic amnesia when he struck O'Neill.

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