Marc Williams considering leaving Wrexham FC despite being offered new deal

STRIKER Marc Williams is ready to call time on his Wrexham career for an opportunity to play regular first-team football elsewhere, despite conceding it would be a huge wrench to leave the Blue Square Bet Premier club.

The former Wales under-21 international is mulling over the offer from manager Dean Saunders of a fresh six-month contract until the end of the current season, but would prefer the security of a longer deal, even if that leads to his departure from the Racecourse.

Now 22, Williams has enjoyed his first injury-free spell in two years during a three-month loan spell at Kidderminster Harriers, where he played alongside his brother Mike, but the weather and competition for places have conspired against his efforts to convince the Dragons boss he justifies a longer contract.

“I’ve got eight or nine days to think about things so I’ll continue to train and work hard,” said Williams yesterday.

“It’s just a case of working out what is right for me in terms of a contract. Being offered six months is hard to play with because it runs out at the end of the season and if I’m not offered anything then where do I go and what do I do?

“It’s all about making the right decision and I’ll speak to the people important to me to make sure I do that.

“I’ll make the final decision but I’m talking to everyone first, including the gaffer. He’s been great with me because he was a player himself. He knows what it’s like when you’ve missed a lot of football and then simply want to play every game to make up for lost time.

“The gaffer was an enthusiastic player who wanted to be involved in every game and it’s the same for me. No-one likes to sit on the bench and miss out on Saturdays, so I’ve got a lot to think about over the next few days.

“I’m 22 and I have missed a lot of football. I worked out that I missed about 18 months so now I’m looking for a good run of regular football. I want to be playing 25-30 games on the bounce and whether I can do that here, with all the other strikers that are on the books, I’m not sure.

“There’s a good front line with Andy Morrell, Gareth Taylor and Andy Mangan and then there are (Mathias) Pogba and (Adrian) Cieslewicz and even (Nat) Knight-Percival who can play up there. That’s seven of us fighting for three places, so if you do the maths it means four people are missing out every week.

“I’m not stupid and if I do stay I’ll work hard to make sure I do my best to break into the first choice three.”

Williams, who scored 17 goals in 29 outings for Wrexham during Saunders’ first season at the club before injury halted his purple patch, had hoped to rediscover that sort of form following his return from Kidderminster.

But there have been only two games since, much to the striker’s frustration. “The weather has made it difficult since I came back from the loan because there have only been two games,” he added.

“You can look sharp and good in training but that’s no substitute for games. Fans don’t see what you put in on the training ground and since I returned we have had the Mansfield game, in which I didn’t figure, and the Kidderminster game when I thought I did well.

“So I’ve done enough to be offered another six months, but we’ll have to wait and see. At the end of the day I’d love to keep on playing for Wrexham week in and week out and scoring goals like I was. That’s all I want to do, but we’ll just have to wait and see.”

Wrexham’s scheduled Blue Square Bet Premier League game at Barrow tomorrow is subject to an inspection of the Holker Street pitch today.