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Del hungry for more after representing the Republic

The left back reflects on his terrific summer following promotion with Rovers and international honours

10 July 2018

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Rovers left back Derrick Williams says it's been the perfect summer, but he's now itching to get back and "attacking the season" with Tony Mowbray's side.

The full back was a regular in Rovers' Championship return in 2017-18, appearing 51 times in all competitions for the club and impressed enough to earn a first Ireland cap against France in the summer.
Williams was part of the side that lost 2-0 in the Stade de France in May, but that was no disgrace considering the hosts included household names such as Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe in their side in Paris.
The 25-year-old left back was in fact one of four Rovers representing their country, joining Scotland skipper Charlie Mulgrew, Northern Ireland midfielder Corry Evans and club and country team-mate Darragh Lenihan in Martin O'Neill's Irish side.
And reflecting on the last few weeks, Del admits it couldn't have gone much better.
“It’s been a great summer for me, playing for Ireland and going away with them," he said after Rovers' opening pre-season win against Hibernian. "I ended up having three weeks off and that allowed me to get away with the missus, which was good.
“It was a dream come true to play for Ireland and has been something I always hoped would happen from when I was a youngster. It wasn’t a bad team to make my debut against either!
“It has made me hungrier for more and for me now I’m just looking forward to attacking this season and hitting the ground running. Moving up to the Championship is only going to boost my chances, playing against better players. We’re all looking forward to it."

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