Duff explains why he snapped up ex-Cobbler Williams

Andy Williams.Andy Williams.
Andy Williams.
Forward was released by Curle last month

Andy Williams' experience of winning promotions was a big factor in Celtenham manager Michael Duff's decision to sign him on a one-year contract this week.

The 33-year-old was released by the Cobblers last month just days after scoring in the club's League Two play-off final victory over Exeter City at Wembley.

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He has netted 125 goals in 358 league starts over his 23-year pro career, including 21 across two seasons for the Cobblers. Williams also played his part as Town came from 2-0 down to stun Cheltenham in the play-off semi-finals.

"He knows the level and has been promoted out of the league with different clubs," explained Robins boss Duff.

"One thing we didn't have last season is that we didn't have promotions in the team. He fits into the way we think we can play. He's a bigger type but he's a good footballer with that, he's not just a target man, he's not an out and out target man, he's a bigger type but his goal scoring record speaks for itself across the years.

"Character wise he fits. Locations wise he fits. We're hoping it is a good fit. He ticks all the right boxes. Losing people like Jonte [Smith] and Reg [Luke Varney] - the bigger types - we think it's a quality replacement because whoever comes in has got big shoes to fill."