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Championship football suits my game better

And it also boosts his and Darragh Lenihan's chances of further Ireland caps, says Derrick Williams

17 July 2018

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Rovers defender Derrick Williams believes playing in the Championship will bring the best out of him, and also lead to further international honours with the Republic of Ireland national team.

It's been quite a summer for the left back, who finished the season with a promotion-winners medal before earning his first cap for his country in Paris against eventual FIFA World Cup winners France.
 
He appeared against the likes of Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, who all played a big part in their summer success.
 
And just when things couldn't get much better, he was rewarded for his fine displays in 2017-18 by signing a new contract to keep him at Ewood Park until the summer of 2021 at least.
 
Things can still improve as far as Del's concerned though, and at 25, he still believes playing regular Championship football with Rovers can see him become an improved player.
 
“I want to reach the levels I reached when I first came here and do even better than that," he began. "I’ll set myself goals and will aim to hit those this season.
 
“I think especially in the Championship, it suits me a lot more. League One is carnage! You get fast football in League One, but in the Championship you do get a bit more time on the ball, despite the increase in quality.
 
“We should look to finish in the top half of the division as a minimum. We can assess ourselves when we get to the Christmas period.
 
"We’ve seen what the likes of Millwall and Sheffield United did last season and we’ll look to do similar. We’ll make sure we give it a right good go.
 
“Playing in the Championship will help me get more international experience, and Darragh [Lenihan] as well."
 
Both Williams and Lenihan were part of the Ireland squad which took on a Celtic side including Charlie Mulgrew for Scott Brown's testimonial in late May before Martin O'Neill's side took on USA in Dublin soon after.
 
So how was the experience of linking up with Darragh for country as well as club?
 
“We were roomies and were both going through the same thing so it was great to be with him as we get on really well," Williams added.
 
“I’ve seen players like Seamus Coleman and it showed me how they carry themselves, how professional they are and how they work. I’ll look to adapt that to my game and hopefully we’ll see a big difference next season.

“When Darragh signed, I knew I was staying as well. There’s a real positive vibe around the club right now with players signing on and new players coming in."
 

Don't forget, Rovers are back in action on Thursday night at Ewood Park when Champions League runners-up Liverpool head to our home.

Tickets for Thursday's clash against Jurgen Klopp's side remain on sale and you can purchase yours by clicking here.


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