Date of birth
Republic of Ireland
Rovers bolstered their defensive options with the permanent signing of Derrick Williams from Bristol City on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2016.
German-born, Williams came through the youth ranks at Aston Villa, making his Premier League debut at QPR in December 2012.
The versatile defender, who has represented the Republic of Ireland up to Under-21 level, joined Bristol City in June 2013 and helped the Robins to promotion the following season, as well as lifting the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final at Wembley in March 2015.
August 2016 saw him make the move to Ewood Park and he went on to have an impressive first campaign in blue-and-white halves, which didn't go unnoticed by the supporters, who voted him their Player of the Year.
A key player in our successful promotion-winning season in 2017-18, Derrick continued to be a regular in Tony Mowbray's side the following campaign, with the Irishman appearing at left back and centre back.
The 2019-20 campaign was a turning point for Williams, who admitted to Mowbray that he wants to be utilised only as a centre back.
Despite missing the whole of pre-season through injury, Williams made up for lost time with impressive showings at the back at the beginning of the regular campaign.
Goals were added to Williams' repertoire, too. He found the net for Rovers in a prolific start to the season by bagging against Hull, Millwall and Leeds United, before scoring a first ever goal for his country in a friendly encounter against New Zealand in Dublin.
The 2020-21 campaign saw Williams in fine form, with Rovers keeping four consecutive clean sheets when he was in the team.
The Irish international also chalked up a milestone early on in the term as he passed 150 games for Rovers.
However, injuried ended up hampering the 27-year-old, whose season looks set to be over following a quad injury picked up in mid-December.