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Randell Williams: The Story So Far

17 June 2021

An in-depth look at the career of the Tigers’ latest signing, Randell Williams…

 

London-born Williams spent time with Tottenham’s academy and played in non-league for Essex Senior League side Tower Hamlets before signing for Crystal Palace in January 2016.

The wide forward joined Watford in July 2017 and made his professional debut on loan at Wycombe in a 2-1 win over Grimsby in April 2018.

He scored a vital winning goal at Yeovil in his second senior outing and started the 2-1 victory at Chesterfield which secured the Chairboys’ promotion from League Two.

Featuring in the final six matches of their promotion season, Williams returned to Adams Park for the first half of the following campaign.

He made 23 appearances for Gareth Ainsworth’s side as they began to acclimatise to life in League One, notching goals against Northampton, Charlton and Barnsley.

After two loan spells, January 2019 saw him complete a permanent transfer to Exeter, where he would stay for the next two-and-a-half years.

A left footer who plays on the right, Williams registered a joint-league best 14 assists during an eye-catching 2019/20 season, also chipping in with five goals in 46 outings.

One of those strikes, a delightful dink in a 4-0 Devon derby demolition of Plymouth, was voted Goal of the Season by City supporters.

The St James’ Park faithful also named Williams their Player of the Season after he helped the Grecians finish fifth and reach the League Two play-off final, which they lost to Northampton.

Matt Taylor’s men pushed for promotion again last season but fell short of the play-offs, missing out on the final day after finishing ninth, three points off the top seven.

Williams appeared on 31 occasions and scored four goals, including a brace in a 4-1 win at Grimsby and the equaliser in a memorable last-gasp 2-1 win at Bolton on the penultimate weekend.

Out of contract this summer, he was offered a new deal to extend his stay in the West Country but turned it down in favour of a move to East Yorkshire.

The pacy 24-year-old, who can also be deployed at wing-back, has 116 career appearances under his belt.


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