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"I knew this was the place I wanted to be"

Del discusses his deal after putting pen-to-paper on a new contract with the club

12 July 2018

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Derrick Williams says there's no other place he'd rather be after signing a new contract to stay at Rovers until the summer of 2021 at least.

The left-back was a permanent fixture in our League One promotion-winning campaign in 2017-18, appearing over 50 times in all competitions for the club.
 
And having already spent two years at Ewood Park, the 25-year-old is thrilled to prolong his stay in East Lancashire.
 
“I’m delighted to stay and glad to sign a contract to tie me down for three years," he said. "I’m really happy. It’s a great club and I’m looking forward to the new season now.
 
“As soon as the manager said he wanted to keep me here long-term, I knew this was the place I wanted to be and was very keen to just get the deal done. It’s finished now, which is good, and we can all look forward."
 
It's been an up-and-down time for Del since arriving at the club from Bristol City in the summer of 2016 for an undisclosed fee.
 
The Irishman won the Player of the Year award in his debut campaign as the club suffered relegation heartache from the Championship on the final day of the 2016-17 season.
 
But the 2017-18 campaign was much improved both for the club and the defender on a personal level, with promotion achieved and international honours too, with the ex-Aston Villa man making his debut for Ireland this summer against France.
 
So how has the man himself found his time as a Rover?
 
"The first season here wasn’t great, although personally I thought I did alright," he added.
 
"The second season was much better, so I’m looking forward to kicking on again this coming campaign and hopefully to finish high up in the league.
 
“I want to reach the levels I reached when I first came here and do even better than that. I’ll set myself goals and will aim to hit those this season."

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