Williams says ‘Hello’ to new team mates

LESS than 24 hours after meeting his new team mates Colchester loanee Tom Williams said ‘Hello’ with a song on Friday night – he then followed it up with a debut performance that looked like he’d been in the side for years.

The 30-year-old left-back was drafted in on an emergency one-month loan spell from Bristol City this week to cover for the injured Marc Tierney.

And after training with the U’s for the first time on Friday morning, he was made to undertake the traditional footballers’ initiation of singing a song at their Milton Keynes hotel later that evening.

“I sang ‘Hello’ by Lionel Ritchie,” revealed the well-journeyed defender, whose club count is now up to 12.

“I’ve had to do it so many times now though that it wasn’t a problem. In fact, I’ve probably got enough songs to fill an album!”

Released by Peterborough at the end of last season, Williams was signed on a six-month contract by Steve Coppell at Bristol City in the summer.

Coppell soon resigned though and Williams decided it was time to seek a loan move when it became apparent he wasn’t in Keith Millen’s plans.

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“I just want to play football regularly. I came here because I’m hungry to play. It was a simple decision.”

- Full interview in today’s EADT. Match preview of Colchester United’s home game against rivals Wycombe Wanderers in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in tomorrow’s paper.

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