Dan Williams relished Liberty experience
Dan Williams relished the experience of playing for the Swansea City senior side in front of supporters for the first time, and is looking to kick on ahead of the new campaign.
The academy product, 20, played an hour of the pre-season friendly against Southampton in SA1, coming on in place of Liam Walsh against the Premier League Saints.
Williams showed some nice touches against high-class opposition and – while he played in behind-closed-doors friendlies at the Liberty last summer – he was delighted to get the opportunity to play in front of a 5,000 strong crowd.
Now Williams, whose father Nigel is himself a former Swans scholar, is hoping there is more to come.
“It was a great experience, I was not sure how much time I would get, but Walshy got injured early on and I got straight into the game,” said the former season-ticket holder.
“It’s not always easy to come into a game from the bench but I felt I adapted quickly.
“It was good to be out there. I had a season ticket here for years and have seen boys from Ben Davies to Ben Cabango get to play in front of the fans here.
“Obviously, this isn’t really a debut for me but to play at home with the fans here against a very good opposition was a nice moment.
“I have had to adapt during pre-season. I have played right-back and I have trained at right wing, so to get on and play in central midfield felt good.
“I have worked very hard during the off-season, I have been getting minutes under my belt and it is all positive.”
And Williams’ family also got to share in a special moment for the youngster as they watched on from the Liberty stands.
“My family were here, my mum and dad and my grandparents decided to come along on the morning of the match.
“I did see my parents as I was coming off and I am sure they would have been proud.”