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Derrick signs new deal!

Williams commits his long-term future to Rovers after signing a contract which will run until 2021

12 July 2018

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Rovers are delighted to announce that defender Derrick Williams has signed a new long-term deal with the club.

The 25-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a new three-year contract, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2021.

The Republic of Ireland international has been a mainstay of the Rovers side over the past two seasons, making 93 appearances and scoring two goals.

He becomes the fourth member of Tony Mowbray's squad to commit his future to the club this summer, following in the footsteps of Darragh Lenihan, Craig Conway and Danny Graham.

Having started his career at Aston Villa, Williams joined Rovers from Bristol City in August 2016 and enjoyed an impressive debut season at Ewood Park, which saw him voted the club’s Player of the Year.

His high level of consistency continued last term, with Williams starting 45 of Rovers’ 46 league games, as Mowbray’s men secured automatic promotion back to the Championship.

The defender’s displays in Rovers’ colours also caught the eye of his country, with Williams rewarded with a first call-up to the senior Republic of Ireland squad for a game against Turkey in March, for which he was an unused substitute.

He represented the Republic for the first time in a friendly against Celtic in May, before earning his first full international cap, producing an assured performance against World Cup finalists France.

After putting pen-to-paper on his new deal, Williams is looking forward to a bright future for both club and country – and everyone at Rovers wishes him well! 

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