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SIGNING | Williams ticks the boxes - Warne

20 June 2017

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Manager Paul Warne has said that new signing Ryan Williams is everything he is looking for from a Rotherham United player.

Williams became Warne's third summer capture this morning, after the Australian agreed a two-year deal with the Millers.

The versatile former Barnsley midfielder opted to stay in South Yorkshire, despite interest from elsewhere, after a two-year stint with the Reds.

With Warne previously stating that good characters, high energy and hard working individuals are right at the top of his wishlist, the Millers boss confirmed that Williams ticked all the necessary boxes on his manifesto.

"I know of him from his spell down the road at Barnsley," Warne told www.themillers.co.uk of his latest recruit.

"I've always really liked his energy and I knew he was available. We spoke to the Barnsley manager (Paul Heckingbottom) who we get on well with, he is one of the managers that I really trust. He recommended him highly to us. We watched a lot of footage of him playing, he is a highly-energetic player, who can play either side. He is good with both feet, and really hard working."

Warne, who has previously added Michael Ihiekwe and Darren Potter to his ranks for next season, says his early conversations with the former Fulham ace immediately struck the right chord.

Warne believes that Williams has all the right attributes to become a fans' favourite at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, confirming that his high-temp style will fit in well with the home faithful.

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"I told him out of all the options that he had, I would be the best one because his work ethic is unbelievable, and I told him as a player I was exactly the same but I didn't have his ability." he added.

"I initially spoke to him on the phone at length because he was back in Australia. I spoke with him in person a couple of times, and I really liked him. I like the age that he's at, I like the fact that he has a desire to improve. I said to him if he came here with that work ethic, the fans would love him straight away, and with his ability he would be hugely popular.

"I think that this will be a good career move for him, he has lived in the area, and he is a really good character. All the people that I've spoken to speak highly of him, so I am really pleased to have him on board."