Top 5 Hyundai A-League transfers for 2017/2018 -Rhys Williams

Rhys Williams (Victory) – The 28-year-old returned to the Hyundai A-League with Glory last season after a decade abroad and showed he’s still got plenty to offer with some classy performances. And after forcing his way back into Caltex Socceroos calculations, the versatile Williams appears to be returning to his best form and will be hungry to earn a spot at next year’s World Cup in Russia.


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Caltex Socceroos weekend update-18/March/2017-19/March/2017

Winger Mat Leckie has a date with Borussia Dortmund this weekend before joining up with the Caltex Socceroos.

Winger Mat Leckie has a date with Borussia Dortmund this weekend before joining up with the Caltex Socceroos.

It’s the crucial weekend before the Caltex Socceroos meet up in Tehran ahead of next week’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Iraq.

Australia tackles Iraq in Tehran on March 24 (AEDT) before returning home to host UAE at the Sydney Football Stadium on March 28.

We take a look at the players’ schedule over the coming days for their clubs.

Mustafa Amini

AGF, in the Danish Superliga, next play in the early hours of Monday morning (AEDT) against OB.

Aziz Behich

Played 90 minutes for Bursaspor last weekend and could see more action on Monday (AEDT) with his side at home to Alanyaspor in the Turkish league.

Tim Cahill

Had the week off due to the split round in the Hyundai A-League but will be hopeful of some more minutes as Melbourne City host Newcastle Jets in the Hyundai A-League on Saturday night.

Tim Cahill

Milos Degenek

Yokohama F Marinos host Albirex Niigata on Saturday afternoon in the J-League.

Rhyan Grant

Will come into camp fresh but fit with the Sky Blues having a tough week on the track with no game due to the split round in the A-League.

Jackson Irvine

The ultra-consistent Burton Albion midfielder is set to play on Sunday (AEDT) at home to Brentford.

Mile Jedinak

The Socceroo skipper was immense in Aston Villa’s win over Sheffield Wednesday last weekend with Steve Bruce’s side next in action on Sunday away to Wigan Athletic.

Mile Jedinak's Aston Villa proved too strong for Bailey Wright's Bristol City overnight.

James Jeggo

The former Adelaide midfielder’s Sturm Graz travel to tackle Admira this weekend.

Tomi Juric

The powerful striker’s FC Luzern host third-placed Sion this weekend.

Robbie Kruse

The winger has started in both of Liaoning’s first two Chinese Super League fixtures but won’t have a chance to add to that tally before coming into camp.

Mitch Langerak

The Stuttgart shot-stopper has been in fine touch in Germany and will get another chance to impress on Saturday away to Greuther Fürth.

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 Mathew Leckie

The Socceroo flyer has been a regular for FC Ingolstadt in the Bundesliga this season. Leckie’s side travel to tackle giants Borussia Dortmund on Saturday (AEDT).

Massimo Luongo

Luongo’s QPR are next in action on Sunday at home to struggling Rotherham.

Riley McGree

The shock inclusion in the squad, McGree’s Adelaide host Brisbane Roar on Sunday in the Hyundai A-League.

Mark Milligan

The versatile midfielder has been playing regularly with UAE club Bani Yas but saw red in his side’s 6-2 loss to Al Wahda last weekend. Won’t see any further action before coming into camp.

Aaron Mooy

Arguably Australia’s most important player, Mooy has enjoyed a sensational season in the English Championship with Huddersfield Town and could feature more prominently in Saturday’s fixture away to Bailey Wright’s Bristol City.

Huddersfield Town midfielder Aaron Mooy.

Mat Ryan

The keeper played 90 minutes in Genk’s Europa League Round of 16 second leg tie against Gent on Friday (AEDT) before linking with the national team.

Trent Sainsbury

Hasn’t seen any game time since his loan move to Serie A giants Inter Milan in January.  The classy defender’s next chance of match action is on Sunday with Milan away to Torino.

Brad Smith

The flying left-back has struggled for game time at EPL outfit AFC Bournemouth, who are at home to Swansea City on Sunday morning (AEDT).

James Troisi

The Victory star is arguably the hottest player in the A-League right now. Victory has the week off due to the split round but Troisi will come into camp full of confidence after a sparkling month.

James Troisi on the ball during the Socceroos' 2-2 draw with Germany in March.

Daniel Vukovic

Vukovic capped his selection with another clean sheet – his 11th of the season – in Sydney’s 1-0 win over the Mariners on Friday night. Won’t have another game before coming into camp.

Rhys Williams

Williams played a full match for Glory in last Saturday’s loss to Sydney FC. Perth not in action this week.

Bailey Wright

The no-nonsense defender has been a pillar of consistency since joining Bristol City, who are next in action on Saturday at home to Mooy’s Huddersfield Town.

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Rhys Williams has been named in Ange Postecoglou’s latest 30-man Socceroos squad.

Rhys Williams has been named in Ange Postecoglou's latest 30-man Socceroos squad.

Perth Glory’s utility man Rhys Williams says his decision to return to WA and play for his home-town club is paying dividends, following his inclusion in the latest Caltex Socceroos camp ahead of Australia’s World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and the United Arab Emirates later this month.

The 28-year old, was named in the 30-man provisional squad today by national coach Ange Postecoglou.


“The team manager dropped me a text and he asked to speak to me and I thought that was a bit strange I called him and he told me I was in the 30. It was a great feeling. I rang my wife straight away and I felt we’ve come a long way since my injuries” he said.

Williams has been capped 14 times and last played for the Socceroos in 2013.


Socceroos v UAE banner“My last game was Ange’s first game so I’ve got a lot of ground to make up on.

“He’s one of the best managers I’ve been with.  He’s done great with the boys …. the Asian Cup and all, it’s been hard to sit back and watch it. I just need to get my head down and get on with it”.


Williams“I always said if I’m playing well for my club everything will fall into place and I believe everything happens for a reason”.

“I thought it was all over…. but to come home, prove my fitness, play regular and see where it takes me. I feel lucky I’ve got this call and I don’t want to disappoint now” he said.

Williams says the immediate focus is Glory’s crucial clash against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park this weekend.

“Nothing changes, we’ll go out and we want to beat the Victory this weekend and make our way up the ladder. As long as I’m doing well for the boys here, that’s the main thing”.

Glory’s clash against Victory kicks-off 4.50pm WST. Perth’s next home match will be at nib Stadium on March 26.

The Caltex Socceroos tackle UAE in a crucial World Cup Qualifier in Sydney on March 28. Click here for tickets



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Rhys Williams has been a key figure in Perth Glory’s recent run of results

Rhys Williams has been a key figure in Glory's recent run of results.

To think Sydney FC might have got their hands on Rhys Williams.

In January, Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold issued a public ‘come-play-for-us-if-you’re not-wanted-at-Glory’ pitch shortly after he lost classy central defender Matt Jurman to the K-League.

It didn’t go down too well in Perth.

Thankfully for Glory, there was no window move to the Harbour City for the Glory man after a spell out of the first team sparked speculation about his future.

His last start had been on December 10 in the 2-1 loss to Newcastle at nib.

Perth Glory has responded to claims defender Rhys Williams wants to leave the club.It became a saga as Kenny Lowe repeatedly played a straight bat to questions about the former Middlesbrough captain and why he wasn’t in the first team squad (injury was the official line).

But that’s in the past now.

In February, Perth have been sparked by a rampant Diego Castro, and with the 28-year-old Williams in equally strong form at the other end of the park, they have gone on a winning run that has them firmly in sight of third and a home final.

The month began when Williams returned as a sub just before half time in the 3-2 win over Jets on February 4.

A week later he was in the starting XI – and looked immediately at home – when he helped Glory smash the Reds 5-0 at Coopers (one sliding, defensive block to shut out a Reds shot in the box really caught the eye).

Suddenly, Glory’s backline had that look about it.

Rhys Williams plays the ball during Glory's Round 1 clash against the Mariners.And this was followed by a starting berth against Roar (2-2) and Saturday’s 2-0 win over the Wanderers.


Glory are unbeaten in four since he returned to the side this month, taking 10 points from 12.

With Castro on fire at one end, and Williams at the other, there’s an awesome look to Glory as the finals approach.

And Williams showed his customary versatility this weekend by slotting into midfield and barnstorming his way through the Wanderers’ lines.

The former ECU Joondalup player’s stats reflect his influence with 71.4% of tackles won, a passing accuracy of just over 82% and 85.7% of aerial duels won this season.


Rhys Williams congratulates Diego Castro after he scores one of his two goals against the Reds.Sydney FC and Victory will finish top two. That we know.

But with Glory lurking around third spot – and with a home final as the reward – this is a side that could easily win a home Elimination Final and push Victory or Sydney all the way in the semi final.

The one-time Socceroo is a charismatic, talented leader who returned to where it all began in WA to kick-start his career.

And you sense he will want to make up for lost time with Perth when the business end of the season comes around.



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Perth Glory 2-2 Brisbane Roar FC- Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Perth Glory remain in contention for the top four after clawing their way to a 2-2 draw with Brisbane Roar at nib Stadium on Saturday night.

Roar led twice in the first half only for Perth to claim a crucial point courtesy of equalising goals from Nebojsa Marinkovic and Adam Taggart.

The visitors struck first on the half hour when Jamie Maclaren beat Rhys Williams to the scraps of an aerial contest.

Nebojsa Marinkovic soon levelled with a deflected effort, before 17-year-old fullback Dane Ingham capped a rollicking first-half by restoring Roar’s lead on the stroke of half-time.

The goalmouth action continued immediately after the restart as Adam Taggart notched his 10 th  goal in 12 starts, tapping home a slick team move following Diego Castro’s defence-splitting backheel.

Maclaren should have made it 3-2 when he broke clean through for a one-on-one midway through the second half, but Liam Reddy stayed big to ensure Glory remain only two points shy of fourth-placed Roar.


Jamie Maclaren


0-1 Roar: Maclaren, 31’

Broich drifted a cross in from the left, Maclaren rose with Rhys Williams and reacted quickest to poke home the loose ball.

1-1 Glory: Marinkovic, 37’

Luke DeVere’s pass out of defence fell straight to Marinkovic, whose shot from the edge of the area skimmed off Jade North’s head before nestling in the top corner.

1-2 Roar: Ingham, 40’

After a surging run from Borrello, Broich exchanged passes with Ingham before the teenage fullback finished with aplomb into the bottom far corner.

2-2 Perth: Taggart, 48’

Perth’s classiest move of the night was underscored by a stellar backheel from Diego Castro, with the Spaniard’s genius enabling Chris Harold to find Taggart for a tap-in.
Glory striker Adam Taggart celebrates scoring his side's second equaliser against Brisbane on Saturday night.

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Hyundai A-League transfer wrap for season 2016/2017 -Rhys Williams

Rhys Williams (Perth Glory) The Socceroo has returned home to the Hyundai A-League after an injury plagued career in England with Middlesbrough. The 27-year-old will be looking to get his career back on track having signed a one-year contract with Perth Glory.


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Perth born Socceroo Rhys Williams has signed with Perth Glory for next season


The recruitment drive for Perth Glory’s Hyundai A-League 2016/17 campaign has begun in earnest, with Perth-born Socceroo Rhys Williams penning a one-year deal with the club.


After plying his trade in England with Championship outfit Middlesbrough since 2005, the 27-year old defensive-midfielder is returning to Perth on the back of a resurgent season for the WA club.

Having played 14 matches for the green and gold, including caps against France, Serbia and Japan, Williams was also part of the provisional 2010 World Cup in South Africa until he was hampered by injury.

He still remains under the close watch of Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou in Australia’s World Cup plans for Russia in 2018.

“I’m very excited to come home to Perth and join Kenny Lowe whom I’ve known for many years. He’s been a mentor to me since I was a teenager” Williams said.

“After 11 years in the UK, the opportunity to re-unite with my family and re-join a manager who believes in me and my football is the tonic I need for my career”.

“I know a lot of the boys at the club since our ECU Joondalup days and I really can’t wait until the pre-season starts. I think Perth Glory fans can look forward to an exciting year ahead with so many WA boys in the line-up” he added.

Williams will also join his younger brother Aryn, who is contracted at the club for next season.


“That’s the bonus for me. I’m not only coming home to re-join my family but Aryn will be there by my side on the training track, day-in day-out. I think that will benefit us both and can only bode well for the rest of the team” he said.

Glory coach Kenny Lowe said the signature of Williams was important for the team going forward.

“We know what Rhys can do. He’s been captain of Middlesbrough; he’s played for the Socceroos and has the qualities and attributes we want as a player and as a person. They’re all elements which tie in with our current recruitment philosophy. It’s exciting for him, exciting for us and I think it’s exciting for the fans and members as well” he said.

Williams will be at least the tenth WA born or raised player contracted at the club leading into next season.

He’s expected to join his new Perth Glory teammates in July for the start of pre-season.

Meanwhile, the club can also confirm it has re-signed left-back Marc Warren for another year on the back of an impressive season for the 24-year old.

“Marc has stepped up to the plate when he needed to and has done a lot of work on himself to get to this position. We’re happy with his progress and he’s been rewarded for his efforts” Lowe said.


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Rhys Williams on the comeback at Middlesbrough

Socceroo defender Rhys Williams in the green and gold against Canada in 2013.

In encouraging news for Ange Postecoglou, Socceroos defender Rhys Williams has made a successful return to the pitch for Middlesbrough under-21s overnight.
The injury-plagued 27-year-old got through the full 90 minutes in his first match in over a year as Boro went down 3-2 against Reading under-21s.

There were some strong signs from Williams, who looked solid in possession and made some important interceptions, also picking up a booking late on.

Williams has endured a torrid time with injury over the last couple of years, returning this time for a long-term achilles tendon injury.

The Perth-born defender originally ruptured his achilles in January 2014 and then suffered a recurrence of the same problem just two games into his comeback.

He also had to withdraw from the Socceroos World Cup squad for South Africa 2010 due to a groin problem.

But after a solid 90 minutes with Boro’s youngster, Williams will be hoping this is the start of a return to first-team action – and possibly the Socceroos.

Williams has 14 caps for Australia and his versatility could make him a huge asset for coach national team coach Postecoglou heading towards Russia 2018.

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Socceroos defender Rhys Williams hurt again playing for Middlesborough

January 5, 2015 – 2:42PM

Luckless: Rhys Williams.

Luckless: Rhys Williams. Photo: Getty Images

Luckless Australian defender Rhys Williams is facing another spell on the sidelines after being stretchered off just two minutes into his comeback from almost a year out injured.

The 26-year-old, who missed out on Ange Postecoglou’s final Asian Cup Socceroos squad, was hurt playing in Middlesbrough’s 2-0 win over Barnsley in England’s FA Cup over the weekend.

“The worst thing today is a serious injury to Rhys,” Boro manager Aitor Karanka told the club’s website.

“I wish him all the best. He’ll have a scan and we will know more.”

Williams missed the last two World Cups because of injury and had not started for Middlesbrough since rupturing an Achilles tendon on January 28 last year.



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Aussies abroad update – Mile Jedinak , Brad Jones,Jason Davidson , Chris Herd, Massimo Luongo ,Rhys Williams

Liverpool's injured Aussie goalkeeper Brad Jones is replaced by Simon Mignolet.
Many of our Asian Cup bound Socceroos had their last club outings before heading home overnight. Here’s a wrap of some of the performances from our Aussies abroad on Boxing Day.

Socceroos and Crystal Palace skipper Mile Jedinak proved he’s up for the responsibility of set-piece duty in January, providing a superb dead-ball assist to get the Eagles on the scoresheet against Southampton.

Unfortunately the late goal proved a consolation as his side went down 3-1 at Selhurst Park, consigning Palace to finishing the year in the relegation zone.

Brad Jones was also in Premier League action for Liverpool but his night came to a premature end when he was forced off with an apparent thigh injury after just 16 minutes.

It was a cruel blow for the 32-year-old who had only recently claimed the No.1 jersey but at least his team came away with a much needed three points, accounting for Burnley 1-0 on their travels.

Defenders Jason Davidson and Chris Herd played no part in West Brom’s and Aston Villa’s respective losses but will no doubt seek to get their managers attention with some game time on home soil.

Massimo Luongo continues to show his pedigree in front of goal for Swindon Town, putting his side ahead just after the break in England’s League One against Walsall.

It was the midfielder’s third goal of the season and saw Swindon remain just a point off the summit as they ran out 4-1 winners away from home.

Rhys Williams made a 90th minute appearance for Middlesbrough in their 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest as the defender continues his return from injury.

Adam Federici played the full match in goal for Reading in their Championship match, as they picked up a point courtesy of a 2-2 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion.

In Belgium Mat Ryan kept another cleansheet for Club Brugge as they maintained their lead at the top of the Pro League with a thumping 6-0 win over Lierse SK.

James Troisi played a full match for SV Zulte Waregem but unfortunately they went down 3-1 at home to Sporting Charleroi to remain tenth.

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