The Western Sydney Wanderers have announced the acquisition of experienced defender Rhys Williams on a two-year deal from Saudi Pro League club Al Qadsiah FC.
The 14-time Socceroo previously plied his trade for Middlesborough for over ten seasons, before returning to Australia to play for the Perth Glory and Melbourne Victory.
Williams won an A-League Championship with Melbourne Victory in 2018 before departing for Saudi Arabia where he has played 58 games over three seasons.
Having captained both Al Qadsiah and Middlesborough, Williams brings a wealth of experience and leadership to the club.
Williams stated his excitement to return to Australia and play for the Wanderers.
“It’s a big club, one that I’ve always been an admirer of and I am looking forward to a big challenge,” said Williams.
“I learned a lot from when I was made captain at Middlesbrough at such a young age, being a leader is not about talking the loudest, it’s about leading by example, putting your body on the line and doing your best every time you set foot on the pitch.”
Wanderers head coach Carl Robinson deemed Williams to be a valuable leader for the A-League side.
“Rhys is an experienced player, vocal on the pitch and has a good understanding of the way we want to play” said Robinson.
“He has displayed a strong mentality and leadership qualities at every club he has played for, from a young age he has been a strong presence on and off the pitch and that is something we are looking for in our players.
“Rhys is someone that both understands the A-League and demands respect on the pitch.”
Williams will join the club physically when it is safe for him to travel from Perth under current government restrictions.