Bristol City: Derrick Williams happy with wing-back role

Derrick Williams
Derrick Williams joined Bristol City from Aston Villa on a three-year deal in 2013

Bristol City defender Derrick Williams says he is enjoying a positional switch to left wing-back.

Robins manager Steve Cotterill shifted the 22-year-old from centre-back to the left-flank seven games ago.

"I remember the meeting with the manager when he said 'I might stick you left wing-back' and in my head I kind of laughed," Williams told BBC Radio Bristol.

"My legs are getting a lot better at doing the job."

The former Aston Villa defender has not missed a match for the Championship side this season, who face Rotherham on Saturday.

Williams had spent most of his Bristol City career as a central defender, but the new role is not totally unorthodox to the Irishman.

"I used to play further forward as a left-midfielder. I was going to sign for Manchester City as a left-midfielder when I was younger actually," he added.

"I like getting forward when I can and I am enjoying it at the minute."

Bristol City have kept three clean sheets in five matches and the ever-present Williams hopes he can continue to impress in his new role.

The former Ireland Under-21 international still has ambitions of breaking into Martin O'Neill's senior Ireland squad, who qualified for Euro 2016 after a 2-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina.

"It has been a goal of mine for a while now. I just need to try and keep doing well for Bristol City and hopefully I will get my rewards," he said.

"He (Martin O'Neill) picks the same squad quite a bit and there are quite a few senior players that are there and have done it for years and years.

"I will keep working hard and hopefully, you never know."

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