Midfielder backs Millwall's contract policy – despite injury leaving his future uncertain

SHAUN Williams admitted he was worried when he injured his knee this season in the final year of his contract – but backed the club’s policy on over-30 players.

Williams, 31, damaged knee ligaments last September before returning in December and eventually winning back his regular first-team place.

The midfielder triggered a contract extension in February when he made his 15th league start, which would have come a lot sooner had he avoided injury.

Millwall only offer one-year deals to players over 30 years of age, and Williams does not have another extension clause in his current deal.

He understands the club’s position, and he admitted it was a relief when he eventually secured an extra twelve months.

He said: “I was a little bit worried when I got injured. I didn’t know how long I would be out, I think that’s what spurred me on to focus on getting back fit quickly.

“It’s a nice bit of security with another year in the Championship and hopefully we can do another deal to extend it further.

“It keeps people on their toes because they can get comfortable if they have a long contract. You can see with Moro [Steve Morison], he’s still busting a gut every week to keep going. It’s an incentive and it’s about trying to get that security.

“It’s a big weight off our shoulders and the club’s shoulders that we’re doing so well and we have secured Championship football for next year.”

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John Kelly