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    Derrick Williams (D Blackburn b.1993)

    Left Villa for Bristol City. Brave move by him and hopefully it will work out, he is certainly good enough! Irish manager too which might be helpful.


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23029596

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    Sounds like good move for him, get some games under his belt in a competative environment.

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    Bristol will play at League One level next season, but hopefully Williams can pick up some more first-team action there than he might have seen had he remained at Villa.

    There's already a thread dedicated to him here, by the way: http://foot.ie/threads/160492-Derrick-Williams

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    I keep doing this. I search threads and find nothing comes up. Then I create a new thread to be told there is one already. Could someone tell me what I should be doing?

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    Even dahamsta resolves to search his own site with Google.
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    And threads can be merged...

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    Strange move for him, I would have thought he'd stick it out for another year at Villa, particularly at the rate they're disposing of older players. Bristol City will have a backline containing Cunningham, Moloney and Williams next season if they all play.

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    First senior goal this afternoon for Bristol, currently drawing 2-2 away to Tranmere
    All goals, yellow and red cards tweeted in real time on twitter and facebook

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    Deserves a special mention as he is a stalwart in a table topping team that has conceded just 4 in 8 games. Still only 21...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOneWhoKnocks View Post
    Deserves a special mention as he is a stalwart in a table topping team that has conceded just 4 in 8 games. Still only 21...
    Very true - what initially seemed like just a sensible step down to ensure he got his career going may turn out to be an extremely smart move if they go up this season, which in turn could turn out well for the national team, especially as he plays at left-back, which has been such a difficult position for us in recent years. A successful step up to Championship level might make him an option for the next round of World Cup qualifiers (or possible even Euro 2016, if we qualify, although that may be overly optimistic). And there may be two other indirect effects to take into consideration:
    1. Success for him, and also for Samir Carruthers at MK Dons, might influence the likes of Graham Burke and Michael Drennan to follow this path, rather than hanging in too long at Villa pushing for a breakthrough which may not be on the cards.

    2. The possibility of playing international football alongside a few players who were his club teammates at youth level might put another tick in the Ireland column of Jack Grealish's decision. (or not)

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    anyone know where dan devine who played centre half with williams in villa s youth/21 sides ended up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by liamoo11 View Post
    anyone know where dan devine who played centre half with williams in villa s youth/21 sides ended up?
    Have looked numerous times and could find no info on him. He was initially linked with Swindon, I think, when he was released and then nothing!

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    The Swindon trial was over a year ago now. Haven't heard anything about him coming back to Ireland so I'd say he's either playing amateur football or he's dropped out of the game entirely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gastric View Post
    Have looked numerous times and could find no info on him. He was initially linked with Swindon, I think, when he was released and then nothing!
    Cheers. he looked a very commanding centre half if a little immobile. hopefully he is making a career somewhere

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    Looks like young Derrick will be playing Championship football next season. I've said it before and I'll say it again. He should be playing Intl. football within a few short years and it couldn't happen to a nicer fella. Good pro and a polite lad.

    Cunningham too will have an opportunity to reintroduce himself to the Irish Intl. football scene. Sure, he has been on the bench more often than not this season but there aren't many left backs on the scene and he is still young.

    Sean Kavanagh is another option but I believe he is playing as a winger for Fulham these days, as I believe Kit Symons thinks he lacks the aggression to play full back at this juncture.

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    Derrick Williams keeps a clean sheet as Bristol City beat Walsall in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final.

    Greg Cunningham came on as a late sub.

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    Will be in the Championship next season along with Greg Cunningham as a 6-0 win over Bradford confirms promotion and a record points total of 92 (With nine more to play for).

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    http://www.bcfc.co.uk/stats/player-stats/

    Williams has been almost ever-present in the Bristol City side this season with 52 appearances. Cunningham has played less with 30. Thing with Cunningham is that he has shown in the past that the Championship isn't above his level and with them gaining promotion so comfortably one wouldn't imagine that there is need for a wholesale squad revamp (although their squad is small at present). Cunningham also has a further year left on his contract but he will really need to push on. Issue is that unless Williams is moved into centre-half then the left-back position is his, bar a lapse in form. Cunningham might get more opportunities at left midfield but that's dependent on whether Cotterill is happy with him as an option there in the Championship. Tough spot to be in but he still racked up plenty appearances this season. He came on tonight for Joe Bryan- a 21 year-old winger/wingback on the left side.

    Williams only turned 22 in January and looks to have a bright future.

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    As a specialist left-back, a position we are having trouble filling, Williams' form next year in the Championship should be watched closely by Martin O'Neill with a view to bringing him into the team for the World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign - there may even be a case for blooding him into the team in any friendlies the FAI organise for this summer. Either way, his decision to leave Villa and drop two divisions has turned out to be an excellent one, so congratulations to Derrick on his success and all the best for next season.

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