Phil Parkinson clarifies Ben Williams' role at Wanderers

Speaking at his pre-West Brom press conference, manager Phil Parkinson offered clarification on goalkeeper Ben Williams’ role at the club.

The experienced shot-stopper, last on the books of Blackpool, linked up with the Whites during pre-season and figured between the sticks away at Guiseley AFC.

He has now been registered as a player with the club, with the gaffer explaining the reasoning behind the decision to do so.

“Ian Wilcox recently left his post as our Academy goalkeeping coach to move to Manchester United Ladies’ team, and Ben has come in to replace him and work with our young goalkeepers,” he explained.

“The benefit of having Ben registered as a first team player meanwhile is that is allows us to send Jake Turner on loan which is important for his development – he can now go out and learn his trade in men’s football.

“It is important that we’re covered with Ben who can play that dual role at the club and he will be in the squad for tomorrow.

“We’re close to bringing in another goalkeeper too – we were hoping that it would happen this morning [Friday], but it’s dragged on unfortunately.

“Hopefully that will be sorted as soon as possible however as we look to continue strengthening the squad.”

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