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Del's an important and stable member of our team

Tony Mowbray is pleased to keep a key member of the Rovers squad at Ewood Park until 2021

12 July 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray admits he's pleased to keep hold of an "important" figure in Derrick Williams after the left back signed a new contract to remain at Rovers until the summer of 2021.

The 25-year-old has so far made 93 appearances for the club since signing from Bristol City in the summer of 2016 for an undisclosed fee.
 
And the boss is pleased to hold of the consistent full back who is an influence both on and off the pitch for Rovers.
 
“We are happy and I think it was always going to happen," Tony admitted. "It took a while, as these deals often do to iron out the fine details, but we’re pleased to secure Derrick for another few years.
 
“I see Derrick as an important, stable part of our team who is adaptable in playing at full back or at centre back, and he’s a good character in the dressing room who takes things on board.
 
“I’m delighted he had put pen-to-paper and hopefully we will have a few more doing the same in the next few weeks.
 
“I watch Derrick and physically he is immense. He’s big, enjoys running either short distances of long distances and he’s a key cog for us in the wheel who works hard every day. He’s an important part of the dressing room and let’s hope he is as consistent next season as he was last season."
 
Mowbray also adds that Williams' commitment is another building block for Rovers long-term, with the Irish international joining fellow club and country team-mate Darragh Lenihan in ensuring his future is at Ewood Park.
 
“The solidity of the squad and a squad which is competitive, can grow together and put building blocks in place for the next four or five years at least is important."

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