It's not been one of the summer's most closely guarded secrets, but League One newcomers Swindon Town have finally gone on the record to confirm their interest in former Yeovil Town striker Andy Williams. The 25 year old, who finished as the Glovers top scorer for the 2011-12 season, turned down the offer of a new contract at Huish Park, with last season's League Two Champions being named as favourites to sign him even before the season ended.
Now their manager Paolo di Canio has confirmed he does have an interest in a player who has played his entire career for South-West clubs, taking in Hereford United and Bristol Rovers. With Williams' contract at Huish Park running out on June 30th, the Swindon boss has told the Swindon Advertiser he hopes to finalise an agreement with the striker, although admits there may be other offers available:
"He’s a player that we’re interested in. We will see but I’m sure he is a target also for other clubs. But I presume that he would like to join Swindon. One day I’m sure we can do something to take him in. He’s a player that, in the numbers of the strikers that I want to have, he has the characteristics I would have here. I’m sure that one day he’s going to join us. I hope, I’m not sure."
Di Canio implies that he will be wanting to use Williams as a striker during the 2012-13 season, with the player's switch to a centre-forward position upon Gary Johnson's arrival at Huish Park having sparked a rich run of form in 2012 that saw him finish with a 17 goal return:
"He’s a good player and a player of a good age and a player who has ambition in my opinion. Obviously last year, especially in the last part of the season, he scored some important goals when he started to play as a centre forward and not as a wide attacker."
When Williams turned down Yeovil Town's offer of a new deal, he heavily hinted that his new club was closer to his Hereford roots. With Di Canio having now confirmed his interest, it would almost be a surprise if Williams wasn't unveiled as a Swindon player on July 1st.
Link: Andy Williams : Yeovil Town Statistics.
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