Melbourne Heart FC’s attacking stocks have received a major boost after signing rising Socceroo David Willams.
An attacking all-rounder who can play anywhere among the Heart’s favoured four man offence, the 23-year-old has been a stand-out performer across the past two Hyundai A-League seasons, cementing his status as one of the league’s most exciting talents.
Head Coach John van ‘t Schip said Williams’ recruitment marks a significant milestone for the Club during this off-season.
“Since the end of the last Hyundai A-League season, we have been searching for an attacker with the pace, skill and technique who can operate successfully within our system. In David, we are supremely confident we have found that player,” he said.
“But while David is a proven performer at this level, we also feel he has the potential to continue growing as a footballer at our Club, which was a significant attraction for us.
“Given his youth, he certainly has his best years ahead of him, and promises to be a fantastic ambassador for the Club over the coming years.”
Having represented Australia from Under 17’s through to senior International level, Williams’ achievements as a footballer belie his years and signify a player on the cusp of taking the next step.
Making 34 appearances in three years at Danish club Brondby, including in the UEFA Cup, where he scored against Finnish club FC Haka, Williams returned to Australia in 2009, signing with North Queensland Fury, where he developed a reputation as a genuine game breaker.
Williams’ speed and blistering shot makes him a threat from anywhere in the final third, adding a unique dimension to the Heart attack for the 2011/12 season.