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Rumour Mill-Rhys Williams to Return?

The Daily Mirror suggests that Owen Coyle wants to sign former loan defender, Middlesbrough right-back Rhys Williams.

The chances of this happening could be enhanced with the Clarets being promoted to the top flight for the first time since 1976 and his current club going in the opposite direction following Boro's relegation from the Premier League.

In January 2009, he signed a new two-year contract at Middlesbrough and on the same day signed for the Clarets.

Sadly for the Clarets his loan spell expired on the Monday following the last match of the fixture list for 2008/9. That 4-0 victory against Bristol City at home confirmed we would be in the play-offs but despite appeals the club were unable to retain his services for the play-offs semi legs and final so he returned to Middlesbrough in early May.

The defender was a popular figure at Turf Moor and he seems to have enjoyed his stay at the club.

He returned to Turf Moor in our play offs semi final first leg against Reading coming on at half time to thank the fans.

The 20 year old was also a Burnley VIP guest at the Wembley play-offs final on Monday and is clearly keeping in close contact with his former team mates.

The Perth born player recently decided to opt for a full international career with Australia turning down Wales despite having played for them at Under 21 level.

The Guardian recently reported that Coyle could be willing to pay around £1m for Rhys Williams and if the rumours are true it will be interesting to see if Middlesbrough are prepared to accept such an offer considering their plight and relegation to the Championship.




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 29 2009

Time: 9:06AM

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I guess we have to decide whether we think he will be good enough for us in the top flight. He can certainly hack it in the Championship level but never had a chance to prove himself in the top flight with Middlesbrough so the jury must be out on that one.
turfmanphil
It's great to be discussing football again, after recent worries over Coyle. If Rhys isn't the right back of our dreams, who would be better? And at what cost? He seemed to have some great games and some, as at Southampton, that were rather less so. But he's still young and learning. How will Coyle feel about a player who will now have all that Australian travel? Will playing for Australia develop Williams more than playing for Wales? Perhaps the most important question, of course, is whether the Mirror has a clue what it's talking about, or is it just flying a new kite now it's 'Coyle for Celtic' kite has flown away. I have asked previously whether Lynch or Kudiersky have ever been tried out at full back - they may be able to do as well as Duff when playing away from their prefered central role. Great to see pix of them, plus Harvey, Fletcher and Anderson signing contracts today. (Hope I have remembered those names correctly.) After all of which, I have to admit that I got a bit excited when Rhys walked right past me when I was in Wembley's Block 140, Row 5. Better the right back you know...
Couch Potato
Guardian also suggested a link earlier in the week but who knows.If Williams does come back because Coyle wants him then who can argue with God? ;-)
turfmanphil
How about offering the Blades £1million and see if we can get a 2-for-1 on the two full backs who played for them at Wembley. They seem to have caught quite a few neutrals' eyes though, so we may have to up the offer and throw in Gabor, Remco and Bes. As for all this talk of God, what's that slogan in America (from the Great Depression, I think): "In God we trusted, in Kansas we busted." Just as well our summer tour is going to California and Oregon!
Couch Potato
Interestingly one of those Blades full backs has been in the news today.Sheffield United have rejected a £2m bid from Aston Villa for defender Kyle Naughton. The Blades have put a £6m price tag on the full-back. (Daily Express)
turfmanphil
Sadly, I suspected he might be beyond our means. But £6m? Blackwell has talked about the Blades needing to make some big changes. But I didn't see many of their Wembley players look worth too much on the day. So maybe they figure they've got to try for silly money on those who are good. The arrival of the new money man at Pompey might inflate prices for a while till they (and Man City and Chelsea and maybe Sunderland) have had their picks.
Couch Potato
I am not sure Rhys is the correct right back for us. Although their were signs of promise, I just never felt totally comfortable that he wasnt going to do something daft. Additionally, If he is not in the first team of a team relegated from the premiership, Is he a premiership player. I hope we do sign a right back, but I am not sure that Rhys is worth a £1m fee or a great deal better than the Duffman
Claretdale
Duffman clearly stole the show in the Wemberley celebrations, first with his dance and then his running video sweep of the entire Claret end. There was also a lovely pic of him on the official www with a champagne glass on the top of the bus. Those moments alone were worth the £20k we paid for him! (Dare I say thank you Mr Cotterill?) Plus he's a very solid defender. And after his part in securing the pie and chips trophy I have to concede that Claretdale talks a lot more sense than I do. Will it be called Premier Pie and Chips next year?
Couch Potato
Sadly I assume since Hollands will no longer be our sponsors, there will be no Pie&Chips! Just wonder what will happen to the green pieman and whether he will metamorphose back into Bumble Bee?
turfmanphil
:-) Will the pie and chips even run next year now that Hollands are no longer our sponser!!!
Claretdale
These are serious questions and we want answers soon. I vote for keeping pie and chips with double prize money AND for Clarets World staying on the air at half time so it can be broadcast to Clarets everywhere. Or maybe it will become God and chips?????????
Couch Potato
Well I assume we will still be supplied with Holland Pies but if not now we will be able to COOKE 'em! (Ill get my coat!)
turfmanphil
tmp - I only just realised today what you meant by 'Cooke' when the official bfc www put next season's kit on the front page. Who or what are Cooke Oils: any idea?
Couch Potato
 

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