City move for Villa's Williams

Bristol City have signed Republic of Ireland Under-21 defender Derrick Williams from Aston Villa.

Last Updated: 25/06/13 at 11:56 Post Comment

Derrick Williams: Made senior Villa debut last season

Derrick Williams: Made senior Villa debut last season

The versatile defender, who can play at centre-half or left-back, joins the League One club on a three-year deal.

Williams made his senior Villa debut last season and, according to his new club's website, he turned down a new deal in favour of a move.

"I needed to take this step," he told the Villa website. "I hope it's the right decision.

"I want to make a career for myself and I'm grateful for the great start I've been given by Aston Villa and coming through the Villa Academy.

"Bristol City were interested and it's a big club. I'm looking forward to the challenge.

"I have no issues dropping down to League One. The club's aim is to bounce back stronger and it's a great goal to have."

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