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Ryan Williams

Midfielder

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Biography

Date of birth

28/10/1993

Height

173 cm

Signed

01/07/2017

Country

Australia

Former Barnsley midfielder Ryan Williams joined the Millers to become boss Paul Warne’s third summer arrival after the club secured the signatures of Michael Ihiekwe and Darren Potter.

The versatile Aussie enjoyed a successful spell in South Yorkshire prior to his arrival in Rotherham, having helping Barnsley to promotion to The Championship.

The 23-year-old first came to English shores with Portsmouth before joining Fulham in 2012. He also enjoyed loan spells with Gillingham and Oxford United before signing for Barnsley in 2015.

With injury having blighted his promise at previous clubs, Williams had plenty to prove with his new side and he did just that with a number of energetic displays in his maiden season at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

His enthusiastic style immediately endeared him to the Millers faithful and it wasn’t long before he had his first goal for his new club, scoring in the 5-0 demolition of Southend United in the early stages of the 2017/18 season.

Williams was deployed in a number of roles by boss Paul Warne, who utilised him on both wings, whilst handing him the chance to play in behind the striker at Charlton Athletic. He capped a fine season with a superb substitute showing in the Play-off final with Shrewsbury Town at Wembley, which saw him introduced to terrorise the tiring Shrews’ legs and help the Millers to promotion.

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