Been a long running rumour the last few weeks, but young defender Derrick Williams has now completed his move to Bristol City.
The 20 year old centre half is well known to those that follow reserve football and he’s been a big player for us at that level for a number of years, also captaining the side on occasions. He played in every round of our FA Youth Cup run to the final in 2009-10, also playing his part in our success at reserve level and in our inaugural run to the Quarter Finals in the NextGen competition in 2011-12.
He also became a regular in the Republic of Ireland’s U21 side.
He made his first team debut as a substitute at left back in the away game at QPR last season.
Speaking to the Official Site after his departure was confirmed, Williams said of the move and his time at the club:
‘I want to make a career for myself and I’m grateful for the great start I’ve been given by Aston Villa and coming through the Academy. Bristol City were interested and it’s a big club, I’m looking forward to the challenge. I needed to take this step and hopefully it’s the right decision.’
Williams adds that first team football is the aim for him and with him being down the pecking order at Villa, the move makes sense as he should get good game time at City which will help him turn into the player many believe he’s capable of.
Would have preferred to see him sign the deal he was offered and then go out on loan for a full season or even for two seasons for some real match experience as opposed to him going completely, but out of contract doesn’t really give the club much choice does it.
He wants to play, can’t fault that and he’s signed a three year deal with them.
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