Williams to put ‘worst year of career’ behind him

Ryan Williams is over the injuries and lack of opportunities that dented his 2015 campaign and is eyeing a big year at Barnsley.

The Australian winger joined League One Barnsley from Championship outfit Fulham in July last year after an initial three months on loan with the Tykes.

However, Williams picked up an injury to his groin just over 12 months ago and has only recently returned to action.

“I had a hernia on the right then it ended up being pubic synthesis, which is inflammation of the pubic bone,” Williams said.

“Now it’s okay, but it’s been the worst year of my career by far. Everything is really good now and I feel better than I did before physically and mentally.”

Williams, 22, arrived in the UK to join Portsmouth in 2010 as a teenager, before signing for Fulham two years later.

The attacking midfielder spent three years with the Cottagers and went out on-loan several times to gain first-team experience before deciding to leave the Whites for regular game-time, after making just two appearances for the club in the 2014-15 season.

“I just wanted to be settled somewhere to play football week in week out and obviously I know Barnsley from being on-loan before and I enjoyed my time there,” Williams said.

“It was an easy decision if I’m honest, we had a big squad and a lot of midfielders at Fulham when I was there which made it very difficult.

“I didn’t want to wait around for a chance or even go on loan because there is always uncertainty when you do it that way."

The Tykes are currently 17th in League One having moved out of the relegation zone.

“It’s been frustrating, signing for a new club and not being able to play probably for four months was really tough but I’m glad to have it put behind me,” Williams said.

“The team haven’t had the best run of results but we are out of the bottom four now so hopefully the momentum will get us further up the table."

Williams, the younger brother of Socceroo Rhys and twin of Perth Glory defender Aryn, has played for the Young Socceroos and Olyroos.

The winger was due to play for the Olyroos in Qatar this month, as they attempt to book a spot in Rio, but has been prevented by his club.

“I’d say everybody that plays for their country wants to play as much as they can and I’m no different,” Williams said.

“It’s disappointing I can’t help the boys but understandable from the club as we aren’t in the best position right now and I’ve barely played at all here. So I’m eager to get going again with Barnsley.

“I think the Olyroos will qualify, they are a good team no matter who plays. Fingers crossed they do qualify.”