Wanderers swoop for MJ Williams

Ian Evatt has moved to acquire central midfielder MJ Williams on an 18-month deal following his departure from Sky Bet League One side, Blackpool.

Versatile and capable of playing in defence as well as midfield, the former Wales Under-21 international arrives at the University of Bolton Stadium having made 14 appearances for the Tangerines during the first half of the season.

A graduate of Liverpool’s academy setup, Williams made his professional debut for the Reds in a League Cup tie against Middlesbrough in September 2014 before spending the rest of the 2014/15 campaign on loan at Notts County in League One.

Following stints on loan at Swindon Town and Rochdale, the Bangor-born midfielder signed permanently with the latter in August 2018 and made a total of 82 appearances (1 goal) for the club before a move to Bloomfield Road in August 2020.

Speaking about his move to the University of Bolton Stadium, Williams said: “There was talk about me coming here in the summer just gone and it came back up about four or five days ago. I spoke to the gaffer and he sold it to me and I just couldn’t wait to get it sorted.

“I came here as a kid to watch Liverpool play and it’s a massive club. The fans are great and the sooner they are in the better. I love everything about the club – the stadium, the set-up and I just can’t wait to get stuck in.”

Wanderers Manager Ian Evatt added: “We are delighted to bring in MJ. He’s a player I looked at in the summer but we went down a different route and he went to Blackpool.

”He was highly thought of as a young player at Liverpool and played for them. He’s done really well in League One and is very good with the ball.”

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