FORMER Wrexham midfielder Danny Williams has put his family before football in becoming the latest ex-Dragon to join ambitious Welsh Premier club Rhyl.
The 29-year old, who can also play at the back, put pen to paper on a 12-month deal at Belle Vue at the weekend and then played in the club’s friendly with Bradford Park Avenue alongside former Wrexham team-mates Neil Roberts and Jamie Reed, who were both on target in a 4-0 friendly win.
Williams, released by Racecourse boss Brian Little at the end of last season, admitted he had hoped to continue playing in the Football League this season, but was unwilling to relocate his family.
“My little girl has just started at a Welsh medium school and I didn’t really want to move away from wider family and friends,” he said yesterday.
“There was some interest from one or two clubs, but none of them were within easy travelling distance and although I have contacted clubs a bit closer to home many of them are squeezed for finance.
“There are a lot of players out there looking for work this summer and in the end I decided to get myself sorted out sooner rather than later, which is why I have joined Rhyl.
“Obviously I know a few of the lads already and I just want to play football. That’s all I’ve ever done and it’s what I enjoy, so I’m looking forward to being at Rhyl and hopefully helping them to achieve their goals this season.”
The Belle Vue club are still part-time and Williams said he hoped to to use his spare time to prepare for a career in the game once his playing days are over.
“I’m going to work towards obtaining my coaching badges,” he added.