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Ireland defender commits future to Blackburn ahead of Championship return

Derrick Williams will have a big part to play for Tony Mowbray’s side this season.

Williams is Blackburn's first-choice left-back.
Williams is Blackburn's first-choice left-back.
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AFTER PLAYING AN integral part in Blackburn’s promotion-winning campaign, Derrick Williams has committed his future to the club by signing a new three-year deal.

The Ireland defender was a mainstay of the Rovers side which earned promotion back to the Championship last term, and joins Darragh Lenihan in putting pen-to-paper on a new deal at Ewood Park this summer.

Williams, who made his international debut in the friendly debut to France in May, made over 50 appearances for Blackburn last season after establishing himself as Tony Mowbray’s first-choice left-back.

The 25-year-old joined Blackburn from Bristol City in August 2016 and has featured 93 times for the Lancashire outfit during his first two seasons there.

“I’m delighted to stay and glad to sign a contract to tie me down for three years,” he said.

“I’m really happy. It’s a great club and I’m looking forward to the new season now.

“As soon as the manager said he wanted to keep me here long-term, I knew this was the place I wanted to be and was very keen to just get the deal done. It’s finished now, which is good, and we can all look forward.”

Derrick Williams Williams made his Ireland debut against France in May. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Williams made an instant impression at Ewood Park, winning the Player of the Year award in his debut season, but Rovers suffered relegation down to the third tier on the final day of the campaign.

He continued that form into the 2017/18 season and helped Mowbray’s side back to the Championship at the first attempt.

“The second season was much better, so I’m looking forward to kicking on again this coming campaign and hopefully to finish high up in the league,” Williams added.

“I want to reach the levels I reached when I first came here and do even better than that. I’ll set myself goals and will aim to hit those this season.”

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