Youth team player Derrick Williams moves to Bristol City

Laurence Griffiths

Derrick Williams has left Aston Villa to move to Bristol City, as he likely looks for first-team football.

Aston Villa and Irish U-21 defender Derrick Williams has completed a move to Bristol City. Williams joins the Robins on a three-year deal, having turned down a new contract from Villa.

The left back made one first team appearance for Aston Villa, coming on as a substitute in a 1-1 draw against Queens Park Rangers in December 2012. Under Alex McLeish, Williams was named to the bench several times, in matches against Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool. Williams was part of the Villa youth team that won the Next Gen Series, making 2 appearances in the tournament, including the Round of 16 win over Ajax. He was also part of the team that made the Next Gen quarterfinals in 2011-12.

Williams has eight caps for the Republic of Ireland U-19 team, the first coming in February 2011. He played in 3 matches at the 2011 UEFA U-19 Championships, helping Ireland make the semifinals. He moved up to the U-21 squad in September 2012.

Bristol City were relegated to League One in the 2012-13 season, despite have made the Championship playoff final in 2008.

Best of luck to Derrick.

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