Williams hoping to extend loan at Oxford United

The Oxford Times: Ryan Williams takes on two defenders at Wrexham Ryan Williams takes on two defenders at Wrexham

RYAN Williams thinks he would be foolish to look elsewhere as Oxford United close in on a deal with Fulham to extend the winger’s loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old has become a key player in recent weeks, filling the gap on the right flank left by Alfie Potter’s ankle injury.

Williams had not started a senior game when he signed in the summer, but has been in the U’s side for ten of the last 11 games. His four goals included the winner in Monday night’s 2-1 FA Cup win at Wrexham.

As it stands, the initial agreement from Fulham expires on January 1.

There is the possibility the Cottagers may want to loan him out to a club at a higher level, but the Australian-born livewire is keen to stay at United.

“For sure – as you can tell, I’m enjoying my football here,” he said.

“I’ve had to wait for my chance and I’ve taken it and proved I should be playing every week.

“I’m having fun, we’re getting results and scoring goals, I could not really be happier.

“I think it would be quite stupid for me to go elsewhere at this point in time.”

United are in negotiations with the Premier League club about keeping the Australian Under 20 international for the rest of the campaign.

Manager Chris Wilder is optimistic about an agreement. He said: “I think we are quite a way down the road in terms of extending it until the end of the season, which is good news.”

It would be a popular move among the U’s squad. James Constable, who was also on target at Wrexham, is enjoying playing alongside Williams and explained what he brought to the side.

The striker said: “ We are oozing confidence, especially with people like Ryan, it just gives you an instant positive feeling.

“He gets the ball and runs at people. It causes them problems. He’s a young lad, but is showing ability years above his age.”

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10:43am Wed 11 Dec 13

Joe1 says...

THAT WOULD BE A REAL BONUS FOR US!!!!!
THAT WOULD BE A REAL BONUS FOR US!!!!! Joe1

12:08pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Sid Snakey says...

Please, please, please can we keep Ryan! He is a quality player.

Being part of a promotion winning team would be great experience for the lad.
Please, please, please can we keep Ryan! He is a quality player. Being part of a promotion winning team would be great experience for the lad. Sid Snakey

12:10pm Wed 11 Dec 13

OUFC 4 EVA says...

Would love to see him stay, for me he has been far more of an attacking threat than both Rigg and Potter this season!
Would love to see him stay, for me he has been far more of an attacking threat than both Rigg and Potter this season! OUFC 4 EVA

1:50pm Wed 11 Dec 13

BigOx22 says...

We must keep him till the end of the season if possible. Then loan him again next season in league 1 and see how he goes. I think some Championship teams will look at him in the summer.
We must keep him till the end of the season if possible. Then loan him again next season in league 1 and see how he goes. I think some Championship teams will look at him in the summer. BigOx22

5:00pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Headington Jim says...

The ball is clearly in Filham's court. They may want him to get experience at a higher level but commonsense suggests he would be better off playing and developing his game in a successful team where he is obviously happy.
The ball is clearly in Filham's court. They may want him to get experience at a higher level but commonsense suggests he would be better off playing and developing his game in a successful team where he is obviously happy. Headington Jim

8:14am Thu 12 Dec 13

Davos P says...

It doesn't make sense for Fulham to loan him to another club. He'd only have to establish himself all over again, whereas he's earnt himself a first team place. Come on Wilder. Get it done!
It doesn't make sense for Fulham to loan him to another club. He'd only have to establish himself all over again, whereas he's earnt himself a first team place. Come on Wilder. Get it done! Davos P

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