Australia recall blocks new Williams deal

18 March 2017 07:21:07 EST
Ange Postecoglou

Perth Glory's bid to retain Rhys Williams has been hindered by the midfielder's call-up to the Socceroos.

If Williams had played every game between now and the end of the season, he would have triggered a contract extension.

But his selection for Australia's World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and the UAE have caused a problem for the club.

The former Middlesbrough player had looked to be on his way out of the club earlier in the season, after being left out of the team by coach Kenny Lowe.

The coach insisted it wasn't the case that he was trying to force Williams out, and since he's been recalled to the side he has done well.

The deal he signed when he arrived in Perth had a clause that would trigger another year's contract if he played a certain number of games.

The Glory's decision to sit him out for five matches has now rebounded on them, as he won't be available for three consecutive games.

He has been called up by Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou for the games against Iraq and UAE, and will then miss a match due to suspension.

That means he can't reach the required total of appearances even if the Glory qualify for the grand final.

"After missing the next two rounds, no matter how many games he plays from now on he can't trigger it," said the player's manager Tony Rallis.

"All I will say is that the number of games he has played, combined with the number of games he can still possibly play, including the grand final, will not trigger a new contract."

Sydney FC made a move to sign Williams during the transfer window but Perth refused to let him go.

The Sky Blues are still pursuing him, and as he won't automatically get a new Glory contract, he could move there at the end of the season.

Williams hasn't represented Australia since a friendly against Costa Rica in 2014.

The Glory are 11/5 to win their next game against Sydney FC, who are 21/20 with the draw 3/1.

Glory are 16/1 to win the game 1-0.

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