Dean Williams might have missed Shamrock Rovers' wonderful victory over Apollon Limassol but he is hoping that the Hoops aren't missing his excellent goalscoring form in the First Division. The 19-year old bagged a hat-trick for Bray Wanderers which
Dean Williams might have missed Shamrock Rovers' wonderful victory over Apollon Limassol but he is hoping that the Hoops aren't missing his excellent goalscoring form in the First Division.
The 19-year old bagged a hat-trick for Bray Wanderers which - added to his eight strikes for Athlone Town -takes his tally to 11 in the second tier. Due to training with the Seagulls on Thursday evening, he didn't get to witness the famous victory in Tallaght but it has made him dream of being involved in such nights in 2020.
Williams spent the first half of the season with Athlone before switching to the Carlisle Grounds and he got off the mark for the Co. Wicklow club on Friday evening with all three goals against Athlone - which lead to his very recent former team-mates joking that he shouldn't have celebrated!
"I think it's always a great feeling to score a hat-trick! But I'm just happy to be playing well and the chances came today and I'm delighted that I was able to take them.
Faced with the prospect of possibly limited game time under Stephen Bradley, Williams was happy to depart the club on loan to try and prove his worth and he feels he has proved a point or two - or 11 to be precise. Now he hopes it'll be enough to warrant a new contract and a place in the squad next term.
"I think it's hugely important (to go on loan). A lot of players are okay to just sit on the bench but they don't really get enough game time so I'm just happy to be playing at the moment and to be starting every week in a good division is very important for me and really happy to score three goals on Friday.
"I think Shamrock Rovers are doing great so far this year and if I can keep going the way I'm going then I might be a part of it next year.
"Bray Wanderers are pushing for the play-offs so hopefully we can get there by the end of the season and if they keep creating chances; I'll hopefully keep taking them."