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Williams | "The opportunity to continue playing is massive"

Shaun Williams says he is delighted to be staying at the club after signing a new contract.

5 May 2023

Gills midfielder is excited by what lies ahead after agreeing terms on a new contract.

Evergreen midfielder Shaun Williams is not quite ready to hang up his football boots just yet and says his motivation for extending his contract is the dream of achieving big things at ME7.

The tireless Williams, who has turned out for eight clubs including Portsmouth and Millwall as well the Republic of Ireland national team, first stepped onto a pitch to play professional football 18 years ago. To put that lifetime in the game into perspective, his young teammate Joe Gbode would only have been a couple of months old that day.
Williams, 36, is still playing like a man in his prime however; captaining the Gills; netting three times; coming third in the Player of the Year Award and earning glowing praise from teammates, supporters, and manager Neil Harris. 
Now he wants to do it all again next season in a year where he believes the sky's the limit.
"To be in a winning team is what I came here for," said Williams. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and the players we brought in January made my performance level rise. 
"The opportunity to continue playing is massive. At the age I am now I just want to keep playing and I have that opportunity here.
"My goal is to play for as long as I can. Our form since January has been fantastic and we went into games confident of getting something from them and I can't see why that won't continue. There is a lot to do behind the scenes and hopefully it will all come to fruition.
"We brought some quality players in the positions we needed in January and it really helped the team gel.
"Playing here is enjoyable and the fact that we are winning most weeks is what you want to play football for. If we can take the form we have had over the last couple of months into next season then I think anything is possible." 

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