IT’S been nearly four months since he signed for the club and Shaun Williams is chomping at the bit to make his Dons debut.
The 24-year-old joined in March after former club Sporting Fingal of the League of Ireland Premier Division went bust.
After being picked up on a free transfer by Dons, his registration could not be transferred and the midfielder was forced to spend the rest of last season on the sidelines.
But with Dons’ first pre-season friendly against St Neots coming up this Saturday, Williams hopes he can make a name for himself in England, and as a Dons player.
“I signed back on March 15, so I’ve been here a few months,” he said. “But I’m glad now that after all this training I can actually go and play games at the end of it!
“I’ve been training here with the team since the end of March. I feel fit, and I’m looking forward to making a name for myself with the team.
“I can’t wait for the match on Saturday – it’s been a long time without a game, so I want to get back in the swing of things.
“In my own mind, it doesn’t bother me that I haven’t played because I know in the last games I did play in, I know what I can do.”
With the new League 1 season just around the corner, Williams is confident that Dons’ players will be able to bounce back from their play-off semi final defeat in May, and are good enough not to have to go through it all again.
He said: “The disappointment of the play-offs will spur the lads on more this season. The players and staff want automatic promotion this season.
“We don’t want to have to worry about going through the play-offs again. I think the disappointment will act as motivation.
“There are a lot of good players already here, and the boss says he wants to bring in a few more yet, so it will strengthen the squad.
“We’re a young side and we’re all ambitious and confident in our own ability. Now I want to get in the team and win the league!”