New Wanderers skipper announced

New Wanderers captain Rhys Williams.
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Rhys Williams is yet to play a game for the Wanderers, but his impact at the club has been so immense that he’s been named captain for the upcoming A-League season.

The 32-year-old, who joined Western Sydney this season following a three-year stint in Saudi Arabia, has played a significant role on the field during the pre-season in the heart of defence.

While off the field Williams has been a vocal leader in the group, setting an example to the next generation of Wanderers.

Often captaining Al Qadisiyah and former Middlesbrough sides, the Perth-born defender has brought a wealth of experience and leadership qualities to the club.

Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas congratulated Williams on the captaincy.

“Since arriving at the club, Rhys has been a fantastic leader and individual in our pre-season preparations,” he said.

“Rhys has led the group with pride, respect and honour and we look forward to him and the team having all the success this season.”

Wanderers coach Carl Robinson praised Williams’ contribution to the club so far.

“It was a difficult decision because this year we have so many talented senior players, who all have excellent leadership qualities in very different ways,” he said.

“Rhys is a very good person both on and off the field and has values that align with the people of western Sydney.

“He is the epitome of a good teammate and leader, he is very vocal but detailed orientated in his communication.

“He also supports the young players that we are trying to develop here at the Wanderers and has the respect of our key senior players.”

Williams, who played with the Socceroos between 2009-2013 and spent time at Victory and Glory, said he was honoured to wear the captain’s armband.

“It is a privilege and an honour to be named the captain of this great club,” he said.

“I would like to thank head coach Carl Robinson and the club for giving me this honour and opportunity to lead the club in their historic 10th season.

“Having only been at the club for a few months, it feels like I have been here for years and I feel at home at the Wanderers.

“This is a major milestone in my professional career and I hope to make not only my family, but the people of western Sydney proud.”

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