New Wanderers captain Rhys Williams makes his call to arms

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Newly appointed Western Sydney Wanderers captain Rhys Williams is firm in his belief that an inside-and-out effort is what’s required for the tide to turn in season 2021/22.

As Carl Robinson and his squad of fresh faces prepares for what is a season drenched in expectation, fans can now sleep just that little bit easier knowing that the vastly experienced Williams will be leading their side out this season.

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With a career that’s amassed just over 270 appearances, the bulk of these coming from eight seasons of English Championship football, along with 13 appearances for the Socceroos, there won’t be many questioning the club’s decision to hand Williams the armband. A task which Williams believes is an honour.

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“The decision was made earlier in the week with the boys and when it was announced it felt surreal,” Williams said.

“It’s an honour to be announced captain at a club like this and it’s a proud moment for my family, especially my little boy who loves football.”

Captaining a club like the Wanderers bears a hefty weight.

After early groundbreaking success, lifting the Asian Champions League trophy in 2014, it’s been a tough few seasons for the supporters. Relocations and a run of different managers has taken its toll.

The club needs to return to its former self this season and it’s Williams that the fans will look to to lead them back.

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“I feel I have the necessary leadership qualities. I like to think I get along with everyone, I’m not afraid to be vocal. If I have to speak up, I will,” he said. 

“I want to be seen as an approachable leader who the young boys can confide in especially.”

As much as we will be looking at the side’s exploits on the field, Williams is adamant everyone needs to buy in on day one. From the board, all the way to fans on matchday.

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“I know the fans will be there for us but now it’s down to us as the players to go out there and show them how much we care,” he said. 

“We want to build something great this year but it isn’t just us about the players but each and every one of us at the club and we all need to buy in, as one.

“We need the whole football club to come together and pull in the same direction. If we can do that, no one will stop us.”

Featured image credit: Steve Christo

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Joseph Esposito
A diploma graduated Sports Media student, currently studying Law. Football obsessed, covering the Western Sydney Wanderers for the upcoming 2021/22 A-League season.

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