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George Williams relishing return to boyhood club MK Dons with Cambridge United

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George Williams will be going back to boyhood club MK Dons with Cambridge United this Saturday. Picture: Simon Lankester
George Williams will be going back to boyhood club MK Dons with Cambridge United this Saturday. Picture: Simon Lankester

George Williams is relishing the prospect of Cambridge United’s trip to MK Dons in Sky Bet League One this Saturday (November 13).

The 28-year-old right-back was a product of the MK Dons academy and, after being released, returned to Stadium MK for a five-year spell.

He made more than 140 appearances for the club before departing in January 2021 for a six-month spell at Bristol Rovers ahead of a switch to the U’s this summer.

“I was at MK for quite a few seasons,” said Williams.

“The club means a lot to me in my heart but it was one [the game] I was looking forward to as it’s the first time going back there since leaving so it should be a good game.

“I signed when I was 13 and went all the way up to a scholarship but didn’t get a professional contract. I ended up back there, and was there for five-and-a-half seasons.

“Being from Milton Keynes as well, it’s got a nice feel to me. I’m looking forward to going back there, but it will be different this time in a Cambridge shirt and we’re really looking forward to it as a team and myself personally.”

Williams may only be 18 games into his United career, but he has already built up a natural affinity with everyone associated with the club.

The defender got a goal in only his seventh game for United, and was on target again in the clash with Sheffield Wednesday.

“I absolutely love it here,” said Williams. “The lads have made me feel welcome from day one.

“It’s a really nice club. The fans have been brilliant and there is a really nice feel about the dressing room.

“I actually love it here, and love playing my football here.

“It’s been a lot better than expected. I was looking forward to it, definitely, but I couldn’t have asked for a better start on the pitch and off the pitch.

“We’re playing really good stuff on the pitch and the table reflects that and, off the pitch, you ask any of the lads here, it is such a good place to be and come and train every day.

“I couldn’t ask for a better place to be right now, I’m loving it here.”

It is a challenging spell for the U’s with matches every Tuesday and Saturday for a near two-month spell, and their next run of league matches sees them face MK Dons, Rotherham, Wigan Athletic and Sunderland.

“We’ve got a tough run of games coming up, and that’s not looming over my head any more so I’m looking forward to it as there are a load of good games in there so it’s going to be good,” said Williams, who sat out the win over Morecambe having picked up five yellow cards this season.

After back-to-back league wins, United sit 10th in the table in a division that Williams cannot remember being as competitive as it is this year.

“I’ve been in League One for numerous years and it’s probably the strongest League One on paper that I’ve ever seen,” he said.

“You can go through and there are probably five or six teams that have all been in the Premier League not so long ago, with massive fan bases.

“The fact that we’re in this league now competing and holding our own is a credit to the staff and players here. We’re really enjoying it, and taking each challenge as we go on.”

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