Once considered one of the most damaging forwards in the game, Williams endured a stunning fall from grace in recent seasons.

The 28-year-old was instrumental in Manly’s 2011 Premiership before following Des Hasler to the Bulldogs the following year on a massive four-year deal on the back of stints with the Blues and Kangaroos.

However, 'T-Rex' failed to fire in his stint at Belmore with the club opting to not renew his deal.

He subsequently signed a one-year deal with Cronulla but spent most of his time in the NSW Cup and managed just one NRL game before suffering a season-ending ACL injury.

Super League seemed the only option for the 193cm-120kg wrecking ball before the Eels offered him a one-year deal.

Ironically, Williams started his NRL career with Parramatta in 2008, playing 11 games.

Arthur said Williams would provide much experience for the side as he looks to reignite his top flight career.

“Tony will be a great addition to our squad in 2018 and will bring a wealth of experience and depth to our forward pack this season,” Arthur said.

“Not only will Tony be a welcome addition on the field, but he will also be wealth of knowledge to our established squad.”

“We look forward to welcoming Tony back into the blue and gold, the club where he made his NRL debut a decade ago.”