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Fulham winger open to longer stay with Oxford United
AS A flying winger, Ryan Williams does not like to do anything slowly.
It means a quiet start to life on loan at Oxford United has not come easily to the Australian teenager, but after flashes of promise in recent games he is open to extending the loan beyond January.
After making a first career start against Charlton Athletic in August, the Fulham loanee had to make do with substitute appearances over the next eight weeks.
But two starts in the last three games have seen Williams make useful contributions and with an injury doubt over Alfie Potter for tomorrow’s game against Northampton Town, the run could continue.
Williams said: “At the start it was a bit frustrating because I wasn’t playing as much as I would have liked, but now I’m starting to play and show what I can do.
“Hopefully I can carry that on and also try to stay in the team.
“It takes players a couple of months to settle in, but I think I settled in really early.
“It’s because of the boys. They’re all really nice lads and down to earth, so obviously it’s really comforting to train with your mates.
“I have another three months left, so hopefully I can play as many games as possible in that time.
“If it goes well then we can extend it, if it goes sour then I’ve had fun here.”
Staying on beyond the initial loan, which expires in January, appeals to Williams.
He said: “For sure, we’re close to the top of the league and pushing for a promotion, so why not? What 19-year-old doesn’t want to get promotion into League One?”
The highlight so far was a precise finish in the 3-1 win at Hartlepool United last month.
It was Williams’s first career goal, but he has good reason to be eager for another strike soon.
He said: “I was really happy to show the manager, the boys and the fans what I could do.
“But I forgot to put it on record.
“It’s recorded at my brother’s house, but he lives in Middlesbrough so there’s no real point in that.
“Hopefully I can get a lot more goals and get them on record.”
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