Gavin Williams returns to Yeovil on Saturday with his West Ham United teammates and the former Glovers star is looking forward to running out onto the Huish Park turf again - assuming the Welshman is picked for the Hammers squad of course, though he did feature extensively in his club's recent tour of Sweden.
"It's been really good to get back playing regularly," Gav said to the West Ham official website, adding: "I didn't get a lot of football towards the end of last season, and it was disappointing to miss out on the play-off games. It was tremendous to see the Club win promotion in my first season here, but this is a new season now and it's all about doing your best in these pre-season games and making sure you do enough to impress the manager. I think I did pretty well in the three games in Sweden. It was good to get some match practice in more than anything, but everytime you play you always want to do well."
"It'll be great to go back to Yeovil," Gav said. "I had some great times there and I've still got a lot of friends at the club. Hopefully I'll get a run out because it would be nice to play in front of their fans again. It'll be the first time I've played against them since leaving, so it'll probably feel a bit strange. But I've been with West Ham United for quite a while now and I'm really settled at the Club. We'll just be concentrating on putting in another good performance and hopefully continuing the form we have shown over in Sweden."
The Glovers will once again be pursuing the policy of making sure everyone in the squad gets time on the pitch for Saturday's match, including trialist Lubo Blaha, though as yet it's not known if 'Paul Bastin', who made such a positive impression in last night's 1-3 win over Staines, will play.
"People will not be starting their 90-minute games until the Southampton match but we have certainly got to start to get down to working out a starting XI in preparation for the start of the season," Glovers boss Gary Johnson said to the Western Gazette today. "The West Ham United game will be a big game for us but everyone will be involved in some form. The Saints and Cheltenham Town friendlies will be where things get more serious."
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