Williams unsure if he’ll stay at U’s
TOM Williams admits he is unsure whether his stay at Colchester United will be extended this week.
The left-back’s one-month loan spell from Championship club Bristol City expires following tomorrow night’s home game against Leyton Orient.
And while the 30-year-old has impressed for the U’s over five games, there are a number of factors that will determine whether he will stay any longer at The Weston Homes Community Stadium.
Firstly, the Robins may decide they want him back. There were representatives from his parent club at Dean Court on Saturday and, having witnessed him score a sublime long-range free-kick to add to his two assists against Notts County the previous week, that’s a distinct possibility.
Secondly, Marc Tierney – the man Williams was signed to cover for – came off the bench on Saturday and is fit again following a shoulder injury.
“It’s difficult for me to say what will happen,” said the former Peterborough defender.
“I spoke to John Ward a couple of days ago and he just said ‘lets get you as many games as possible before the loan expires and see where we go from there’.
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“I’m told someone from Bristol City was at the game today, so I guess it’s up to the two clubs to sit down and discuss what they want to do.”
He continued: “I had a really good season in the Championship last season. I played nearly 40 games for Peterborough, QPR and Preston and got 12 assists – so I thought I’d done really well.
“I feel I am still good enough for the Championship, but I decided I didn’t want to be sitting around not playing and have ended up coming here.
“I’m really enjoying it, the team is playing some nice football and is climbing up the table but in answer to your question about whether I’ll stay any longer I don’t know yet.”
U’s boss John Ward was equally non-committal on the issue of extending Williams’ loan move.
He said: “I’ve been really pleased with Tom, he’s a model professional that’s really stepped into the breach and is a great team player on and off the pitch.
“We’ve got him until after Tuesday’s game and we’ll have to see what happens after that. Marc (Tierney) has come back today as you’ve seen so we’ll have to see what the situation is next week.
“Of course if Tom’s parent club (Bristol City) want him back then it would be out of our hands.”
– Preview of Colchester United’s visit of Leyton Orient in League One in tomorrow’s EADT.