Williams is relishing role next season

GAVIN Williams today looked forward to having even more influence in the Ipswich Town midfield next season.The 26-year-old Welsh international midfielder's training schedule is still being affected by long-standing pelvic/groin problems.

By Elvin King

GAVIN Williams today looked forward to having even more influence in the Ipswich Town midfield next season.

The 26-year-old Welsh international midfielder's training schedule is still being affected by long-standing pelvic/groin problems.

But by the start of the 2007/08 campaign he wants to be training full time and be 100 per cent fit.

“I want to get right for next season,” said Williams.

“Hopefully having played for 90 minutes in the last two games I can now step up training.

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“I am feeling stronger, and feeling much better in myself.

“Training has been improving over the last three or four weeks, and I want to get everything sorted out in the summer.

“There have been some days when I have been unable to join in full sessions because of problems in the pelvic area.”

Williams missed two months in the autumn, and then had to sit out the whole of February when Ipswich failed to score a single goal.

His return to the starting line-up - at Luton on March 17 - has resulted in four wins out of five for the re-juvenated Blues.

Looking back to last Saturday's 2-1 victory over promotion-chasing Derby County, Williams said that he had no doubts Danny Haynes would put away the late penalty winner.

“If I had taken a spot-kick at that late stage of the match I don't think I would have reached the goal line,” quipped Williams.

“We have proved we can beat the best teams in the Championship with home wins over the three leading clubs Sunderland, Derby and Birmingham.

“With respect to the Southends of the division we must now make sure we can move up and beat the lower sides as well.”

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