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Williams: Battle with Bell will bring out the best in both

The Rovers defender is relishing the challenge ahead with new recruit Amari'i Bell

25 January 2018

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Defender Derrick Williams has been a constant feature in the Rovers starting XI this season and despite the arrival of Amari'i Bell, admits he can't wait for battle to commence.

Both are capable of playing on the left side of defence, with Bell brought in at the back end of last week to add even more quality to that area for Tony Mowbray.

But Del isn't worried. In fact he cannot wait to bring out the best in new team-mate Bell and himself, too.

“Amari’i is a very good player," Derrick begins when discussing the competition for places to iFollow Rovers.

"I’ve played against him and have seen him in training now. I know I have to perform every day, not just in the games, so I’m really trying to concentrate and it’s the same for all the lads.

"People like [Adam] Armstrong and [Jack] Payne coming in, they’re very good players too, so everyone is more focused now and ready for the challenge.

“We’re all good sports but we do train hard and we’re trying to impress. At the end of the day, your career is on the line, so you have to work hard and show the manager what you can do. 

“Last year was a good year for me personally; it’s taken me a couple of months to get going this season but since then I’ve been doing well.

“At this moment in my career, I think I’m a left-back, and that’s what my focus is on.”

Williams once again came close to finding the net in the last outing at Fleetwood and believes he will add to his goal tally sooner rather than later.

It's now almost five months to the day since he scored the opener at home to MK Dons but hasn't found the net since. However, his glass is half-full.

“I’ve got a few assists so I’m pretty pleased but there are still targets I want to hit and I’ll be happy if I do that," he adds.

“I think I should have six or seven at least this season, but the positive is that I’m getting into the positions and getting better at that. Once one goes in, I think I’ll get a few."

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