NEWS: Williams hails Duff influence

Melbourne City FC striker David Williams has hailed Damien Duff's influence on the Club.

Melbourne City star David Williams believes new recruit Damien Duff has the potential to have a big an impact on the Hyundai A-League.

The ex-English Premier League winger is one of a number new off-season recruits under Head Coach John van ‘t Schip.

Williams believes Duff’s acquisition is an important one and said he has the drive and ability to take the league by storm.

“Damien’s been great. He’s a true professional and he just wants to show everyone he can still play football,” Williams told www.footballaustralia.com.au.

“He’s a good guy, he’s witty, good with the group and has fit in from day one. He’s got a lot of knowledge and advice to give.

“He’s all about the team and you can’t see any selfish part of him. He’s very focused, he’s not coming to Australia for a holiday, he’s here to play football.”

The 35-year-old former Irish international has settled into Melbourne City FC set-up quickly, having joined up with the squad on its recent trip to Manchester.

Duff is still finding his way back to full fitness after a season with Fulham last year but Williams has seen enough to know the quality he has.

“He’d admit himself he’s not the sharpest just yet, only joining in team training with us once we got to Manchester," Williams said. 

"He’s knows he’s still got a bit to improve but he’ll have a massive impact.

“You don’t play at Chelsea for the years he did, Fulham and Blackburn if you’re not a good player.

“To be as good as he is, the amount of caps for his national team as well he just brings a whole package. We are lucky to have him.”

Despite being bundled out of the Westfield FFA Cup by Sydney FC on Tuesday night, Williams is confident Melbourne City FC are on the right track for the new season.

He says their trip to Manchester – where they used the EPL champions state of the art facilities – sparked a big improvement in the group.

“We played some attractive football and once we get fitter, we’ll get sharper and hopefully score more goals,” Williams said.

“It’s exciting to be offered those facilities and offered a chance like that. To be flown over by Etihad and the way they treated us was amazing.

“The Club’s in a very, very good position and it’s a no-excuse culture and mentality now which is brilliant and they are giving us everything we need to be successful. It’s up to us players now to turn it into results.”

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