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Williams: 'It's been eventful at Millwall – I love it'

SHAUN Williams revealed after Millwall’s play-off final win over Bradford on Saturday that he is “working out the details” on a new contract with the club.

Williams, who joined Millwall from MK Dons in 2014, sees his current deal run out at the end of June.

Williams was one of Millwall’s key players this season, playing 56 times as the side reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and then sealed promotion to the Championship after only sneaking into the play-offs on the last day.

Asked after the final if a new deal is likely, he said: “Yeah, I’m willing and happy to sign it. We’re just working out the details.”

Williams was instrumental in Millwall’s Wembley win. It was he who won the ball in his own half with five minutes left before exchanging passes with Lee Gregory and crossing for the striker to head on to Steve Morison for the winner.

Williams, 30, hailed the “phenomenal” team spirit as he praised manager Neil Harris, and said they used last year’s experience of the play-off final defeat against Barnsley to their advantage.

“We learned that if we stuck to the game plan then we wouldn't be out of the game,” Williams said. “I think last year we were wanting to chase the ball, but it’s not our game. We like to sit in and counter attack. It works for us almost every time.

“It was the sheer will to win. It was a terrible cross but luckily Greggs got a little touch and it fell perfectly for Moro and the rest is history. You have to do something out of the ordinary to win a game like that. It just happened.

“They’re a great team. They create chances, make you work hard. To be fair, a lot of the game we were breathing heavily. Luck was on our side, what a feeling.

“It’s amazing. I’ve had seasons where we stayed up on the last day [in 2014], then got relegated [in 2015], got to the final last year and this year we've gone up, so it’s been an eventful time at Millwall. I love it.

“The team spirit is phenomenal. Everyone gets on and everybody is friends. But everybody can batter each other at the same time. It just works well. I have to give a mention to the manager because in his first two full seasons in football, he’s had two play-off finals and now a promotion.

“I think the people he brought into the squad were good guys. There are no bad eggs. We dig in and pull up our sleeves for everyone. It shows.

“This was my 56th of the season so I’ve really enjoyed it – I’ve loved every minute of it.”

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John Kelly

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