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Duff on Williams and the return to training

30 July 2020


Duff on Williams and the return to training

30 July 2020

Michael Duff feels he's added a player with much needed promotion experience to his squad with the signing of forward Andy Williams.

A former youth product at the club, 33-year-old Williams signed on for the 2020/21 campaign at the training ground on Wednesday, a month after he helped Northampton Town gain promotion to League One via the delayed League Two play-offs.

His experience and goal scoring abilities, which have seen him find the net from the Championship and throughout the Football League, are all set to be key qualities alongside the other attacking threats Duff has in his team's armoury.

"He knows the level and has been promoted out of the league with different clubs," Duff said.

"One thing we didn't have last season is that we didn't have promotions in the team. He fits into the way we think we can play. He's a bigger type but he's a good footballer with that, he's not just a target man, he's not an out and out target man, he's a bigger type but his goal scoring record speaks for itself across the years.

"Character wise he fits. Locations wise he fits. We're hoping it is a good fit. He ticks all the right boxes. Losing people like Jonte [Smith] and Reg [Luke Varney] - the bigger types - we think it's a quality replacement because whoever comes in has got big shoes to fill."

Williams will begin training with his new teammates this coming week. The players will be returning in groups for testing on Saturday at the training ground, with the requirement to test for covid-19 as was the bi-weekly case in the play-offs still very much in place.

"There's a protocol where we go back to stage one. Saturday is all testing, it's fitness testing, so that's seeing where the players are at fitness wise," Duff added.

"Next week we'll be going back to the pods in groups. It's difficult but it's not unmanageable. You're not going to be getting loads of football into them anyway.

"After five sessions we go back to some sort of semi-normality, whatever normality is these days. We managed it in the play-offs. We managed to work around it. It becomes the norm and you just get on with it.

"Everyone is desperate to get back playing and training now. We've had a long time other than the two week period in the play-offs. Everyone's keen just to get back playing again and see where we can go."

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