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It was a risk that I had to take

“It was eating away at me and I didn't want to think 'what if I'd said I only want to be a centre half' 10 years down the line"

18 September 2019

Derrick Williams looks at home playing at centre back, and it's no surprise.

It's been a role that the Irishman has wanted to play for a long time now, before he finally mustered up the courage to have a meeting with Tony Mowbray that would change him for the better.
 
The switch from full back to centre back on a permanent transfer has already reaped rewards for Rovers, with Williams helping the team to four clean sheets in the last five league outings.
 
“You have to believe in yourself and I've always had that," the Irishman admitted to iFollow Rovers.
 
"I always knew I'd be a better centre half, it was just about making that leap.
 
“It was eating away at me and I didn't want to think 'what if I'd said I only want to be a centre half' 10 years down the line.
 
“I had a chat with the gaffer and although it's early doors I really want to take it further.
 
“It's a risk you have to take at times and I knew I had to back it up with performances. I want to keep working and getting better at centre half.
 
“We got a lot of criticism last season for the goals that we conceded and I'm definitely someone who wants to prove the doubters wrong.
 
“It's given me that fire in my belly and hopefully I can keep it up now and keep going."
 
The 26-year-old suffered an injury-hit pre-season, and didn't play a second prior to being thrown straight into the team at Fulham at the beginning of August.
 
He's been an ever-present since and has been one of Rovers' brightest sparks this season for his defensive displays and his two goals so far this term.
 
“I have a goal in my mind that I want to hit this season and it's another step forward for me and the team," he added.
 
“When I scored against Hull it was a real weight off my shoulders, so hopefully I can get a few more headed goals this season.
 
“I always knew that I had goals in my game as I get in good positions and score in training. Hopefully this is just the start.
 
“I feel like I'm playing well and my confidence is high. I worked really hard with the physio team in the summer and I'm more driven than I've ever been.
 
“I know what I want and I'm so driven for it now. I want to keep this level of performance up and to try and get better every day.
 
“Why am I more driven? I don't know whether it's because of my newborn child or not, but it's always been there, I've felt.
 
“I do everything right. I get in early, I get extra work to make sure I'm right and invest more in myself.
 
“I know this is just the start and it's about doing it day in, day out to earn the rewards."

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