Rhys Williams

Personal Details

Date of Birth: 14 July 1988
Place of Birth: Perth, Western Australia
Height: 187cm (6' 1")
Position: Defender

Club Summary

Club Games Goals
ECU Joondalup (juniors-2004) ? ?
Middlesbrough (2005-now) 93 5
Burnley (2009, on loan) 17 0
Total (as of start June 2012) 110 5

International Summary

Games Goals
Australia 'A' (2009-) 9 0
Wales Under-21 (2007-2009) 10 1

Career Brief

A junior with ECU Joondalup, Williams was rewarded for this starring role for the State Under-16 team with a two-year stint in the academy program at English club Middlesbrough. 2007 was a landmark year for Williams, the young defender signing his first professional contract in July and soon after he made his first international appearance for Wales at Under-21 level. He signed a new two-year contract with Middlesbrough in January 2009 and was immediately loaned to Championship side Burnley, where he played 17 times in four months.

A strong 2009/10 pre-season had Williams scored four goals in five games from central midfield for Middlesbrough and, despite niggling injuries, he featured regularly across the season that followed. Elligible to play internationally for Australia, England, India or Wales, in May 2009 he opted for the former and the following month made his full Australia debut with a late substitute appearance in a World Cup qualifier against Japan.

Williams' second Socceroos outing was against the Republic of Ireland in August, and three months later he was sent off fifteen minutes into an Asian Cup qualifier with Oman. He played through the pain of a persistant groin injury with Middlesbrough to gain selection in Australia's preliminary World Cup squad only to be cut from the final list of 23-players due to his injury.

It would be a full ten months before Williams next stepped onto a football field with Middlesbrough, re-joining the club following surgery. In an impressive 12 game cameo he collected six man-of-the-match awards to aid Middlesbrough in their best run of the Championship campaign. His comeback was made complete by appearances for Australia against New Zealand, Serbia, Wales, Malaysia and Oman across mid to late 2011.

Although linked with several Premier League clubs, Williams penned a new four-year deal with Middlesbrough in February 2012. After few days after being named club captain for the following season he played a full game in the Socceroos friendly loss to Scotland. On returning to club duty Williams suffered an ankle injury, forcing him to watch the first half of the 2012/13 campaign from the sidelines.

Socceroos Game by Game

Date Opponent (Venue) Result Status Comments
17.06.2009 Japan (Melbourne) 2-1 (won) World Cup qualifier Sub off after 78 minutes for Scott McDonald
12.08.2009 Republic of Ireland (Limerick) 3-0 (won) Friendly Full game
15.11.2009 Oman (Muscat) 2-1 (won) Asian Cup qualifier Red carded after 15 minutes
05.06.2011 New Zealand (Adelaide) 3-0 (won) Friendly Sub on after 46 minutes for Luke Wilkshire
07.06.2011 Serbia (Melbourne) 0-0 (draw) Friendly Sub on after 57 minutes for Luke Wilkshire
10.08.2011 Wales (Cardiff) 2-1 (won) Friendly Sub on after 46 minutes for Brett Emerton
07.10.2011 Malaysia (Canberra) 5-0 (won) Friendly Full game
11.10.2011 Oman (Sydney) 3-0 (won) World Cup qualifier Sub off after 71 minutes for Robbie Kruse
16.08.2012 Scotland (Edinburgh) 1-3 (loss) Friendly Full game

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