Wanted Williams close to finalising future as Victory lead chase

In-demand Socceroos defender Rhys Williams insists he hopes to have his future "sorted out" by the middle of the month as he juggles offers from Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC and an assortment of clubs in Asia.

Rhys Williams

Rhys Williams in action for Perth Glory Source: AAP

While Perth Glory's recalled Australia defender didn't reveal the front runner for his services, the Victory have been loudly touted as strong favorites to land the off-contract 28 year old.

"I have a few options to be honest ... and I am just trying to weigh up what will best for my future," said Williams, who is back on an even keel with his hometown team after what has been at times been a turbulent season.


"I just need a good platform to stay in and around the Socceroos squad, and where that is right now I am not too sure.

"I'd rather get something sorted out sooner rather than later ... and I think you will have an answer from me in the next couple of weeks."

Referring to the approaches made by the Victory and Sydney, Williams - who returned home last year after an often injury-interrupted decade with Middlesbrough - said: "It's always nice when the top two teams in the country are showing interest.

"There are bits and pieces from around and it's now a question of sitting down with my agent and my family and friends and working out the best move going forward.

"A big thing for me is to be involved in the Asian Champions League ... everybody wants to play in such a competition, and I am no different.

"I want to reach the heights that I couldn't quite hit because of my injuries and I still think I can do that.

"I don't want to go somewhere and be happy finishing mid-table - I want to be at a club that can win trophies.

"Not many players in their career get to lift trophies and I haven't had the chance to yet.

"It would be great to be in a team that can challenge domestically and internationally."

Should, as expected, the elegant utility exit the Glory, he will have no regrets or recriminations from his so-far 14-game stint.

"I wouldn't take anything back and I have learned a lot about myself," said Williams, who was out of favour in January and might have left the club during the transfer window.

"I feel everything happens for a reason ... I came back and wanted to prove my fitness and feel I have done that to a certain extent.

"I appreciate Glory giving me the chance ... whether or not I stay, remains to be seen.

"I know what I have to do to succeed at this level now, they gave me the chance to step foot in the A-League and I've really enjoyed it.

"Hopefully I can now kick on again next year."

Reflecting on his international recall, as part of the squad that faced Iraq and United Arab Emirates, Williams expressed his surprise and delight.

"It was great to be involved again ... I didn't expect to be there, with all due respect," he said.

"I still don't feel like I am 100 per cent match fit, but it's always nice to be involved and be around camp.

"It was good to show that I am hungry for it again.

"The boss has introduced a new system and I feel like I can play in any formation.

"It's interesting times and for me, now it's a matter of getting properly fit and next time (I'm selected) I want to play.

"It's a great feeling to have my foot in the door again, and if I keep my club form intact then hopefully everything else will fall into place."

With Glory chasing a top-four finish, with two regular season rounds remaining, Williams is hopeful of going out on a high, should he depart.

"I do love this club and we all want to achieve the same thing," Williams said.

"We have two big games left against teams above us and there's a lot to play for."

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Published 2 April 2017 at 3:57pm
By Dave Lewis