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SWINDON TOWN: Williams hopes to emulate old teammate
ANDY Williams hopes to follow in the footsteps of a former teammate who has gone on to reach the top level of the game, as he embarks on the next stage of his career with Swindon Town.
Williams was officially unveiled as a Swindon player on Monday, ending more than a month of speculation linking him with a move to the County Ground after he turned down the offer of a new contract at Yeovil.
The 25-year-old has signed up to Paolo Di Canio’s blueprint for promotion to the Championship within two years, and he revealed that his ambition to play in the second tier has only been heightened by the sight of ex-Bristol Rovers colleague Rickie Lambert forging his path through the Football League and eventually into the Premiership with Southampton last season.
The pair played together for a term at the Memorial Stadium, and since then the 30-year-old forward has gone on to set an example that Williams is keen to emulate with the Robins.
“My first season I had 20-odd games with him but unfortunately my four goals didn’t live up to his 20-odd so it soon changed,” he told the Advertiser.
“He was one of the best players I’ve played with, he was technically brilliant and I hope he produces and goes on to show everyone in the Premier League what he can do now.
“My aim definitely at the moment is to make my way into the Championship.
“I think I’ve come to a place where I can surround myself with good players and that can only help me improve as a person and a player.”
Williams also feels time is on his side as he begins his quest for Championship football.
At 25, the Hereford-born frontman has already garnered plenty of experience in the lower leagues, and he is confident of making a name for himself in the seasons to come.
“I’d like to think, at 25, there are more than enough years left in me to do that,” he said.
“A lot of good strikers over the years have gone on from this sort of age and kicked on in their careers.
“You look at your Rickie Lamberts and your (Jermaine) Beckfords and stuff, so I’m looking to follow in those sort of footsteps and hopefully take my 17 goals last season and build on it in a successful team here.”