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Welsh clubs in hunt for Williams

Ashley Williams
Williams is set to win his first Wales cap against Luxembourg

Cardiff and Swansea are interested in signing Stockport's highly-rated defender Ashley Williams.

The 23-year-old club captain is set to make his debut for Wales in their friendly in Luxembourg on Wednesday.

And his form this season has linked him with a move away from Edgeley Park in the summer.

"I know there are a few people interested in me," said Williams. "I believe Stockport are talking to some clubs, including Swansea and Cardiff."

Wolverhampton-born Williams was released by West Brom as a youngster and then spent two years with non-league Hednesford.

He was then given the chance to force his way back into the professional game by Stockport.

And Wales boss John Toshack has now included him in his senior squad for the first time after monitoring his progress.

I just want to play as high as I can go. I would relish something like that

Ashley Williams

"It's not often players from League Two get international football, so I am really looking forward to this opportunity," said Williams.

"All I aim to do is play well for Wales if I get the chance, enjoy the experience and leave everyone else to decide my future.

"I just want to play as high as I can go, obviously I would relish something like that.

"But Stockport have been great with me, I want to do my best to get them promotion.

"I will weigh up my options, Swansea and Cardiff are big clubs and both have shown an interest."

But he added: "I am happy at Stockport, I am not desperate to leave but I want to play at a higher level.

"The gaffer (Jim Gannon) understands that, although he wants me to stay.

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"We have had a lot of chats and he understands my position and knows what I want from my career."

And Williams admitted cannot wait for his Wales chance.

"International football was not on my radar a couple of years ago," he said.

"I was relegated with Stockport and things were not enjoyable.

"But the gaffer has turned it around and I am enjoying my football a lot more now.

"And now with this chance for Wales, all I want to do is be part of it and progress on both fronts with my club football and Wales.

"My granddad was born in the Rhondda, and I've always considered myself as Welsh.

"I had no hesitation when I heard there was a chance."


see also
Wycombe 0-0 Stockport
24 Mar 08 |  League Two
BBC Sport Wales coverage
24 Dec 06 |  Wales


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