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Wellens building squad foundations with Williams signing

18 June 2021

Richie Wellens made his third signing of the summer when Ro-Shaun Williams penned a two-year deal at the club.

The centre back is the second defender Wellens has signed this week with right back Kyle Knoyle announced on Thursday. 

“It’s important to start from the back and get the foundation’s right,” Wellens said. 

“I’ve known Ro-Shaun for a number of years – I watched him at Manchester United U23s. He’s a big physical presence and a very good defender. He’s quick, he’s good on the turn and he’s very good in the air.” 

Despite his relatively young age, Williams has already racked up nearly a century of professional appearances and Wellens believes he will thrive at Rovers, particularly playing alongside more experienced defenders already at the club. 

“He’s 22 years old and has 100 professional appearances under his belt,” he added. 

“On the ball, we think there’s a lot more to come from him. We know he can play out because of his Academy background. 

“He’s been exposed to a lot of things during his short time at Shrewsbury and he’s played at the level so no away ground will surprise him. He’s got great experience alongside him too with Tom Anderson and Andy Butler.” 

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