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Williams' one year a Rover

Derrick reflects on his 12 months at Ewood Park

26 August 2017

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Today's game with MK Dons marks a year to the day since Derrick Williams signed for the club.

The 24-year-old full-back, who joined from Bristol City on August 26th 2016, admits he has mixed emotions when he reflects on the past 12 months.

Voted Player of the Year by the fans, Williams started 39 of Rovers' 46 Championship games last term, scoring one goal - a last-minute equaliser at home to Cardiff.

However, despite his consistent defensive displays, he was unable to prevent Rovers' relegation into League One.  

"It’s gone quick," said Williams. "It’s been a tough year, but I’ve enjoyed playing for the club, so I can’t have too many complaints.

"Personally I thought I did ok up until Christmas and then I thought I kicked on after that. It was just unfortunate how we performed as a team.

"So it’s been very mixed emotions."

Williams admits playing regular first team football has been the big positive to take from the past 12 months.

"It’s always good to play as many minutes as you can, just to keep progressing and to keep developing as a player and a person, so from that respect it’s been good," he added.

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