Curtley Williams eager to reach the next level with Lowestoft Town

Lowestoft Town defender Curtley Williams believes the Trawlerboys have a squad worthy of Conference football after signing a contract at Crown Meadow until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old, who has been playing for the club on a non contract basis since coming back from South Africa, has impressed alongside Sam Gaughran at the heart of the Blues' back four and feels the club is ready to go to the next level.

'I am really impressed by the level of the squad,' he said. 'I've been in and around Blue Square Premier and Blue Square South teams and I honestly believe we have a squad worthy of the Blue Square Premier right now.

'We have got so much talent and we just need to use it right. I definitely think we are a team that's going places.'

Williams, who came through the ranks at Ipswich Town before being released by then manager Jim Magilton, hopes he can use the Trawlerboys as a springboard back into the professional game like former Blue Curtis Haynes-Brown. 'My goal is to get back playing professionally,' said the ambitious centre-half. 'Everything about Lowestoft is very professional, even down to the structure of the contracts.

'They are offering me security so I can concentrate on my football and hopefully I can keep progressing and take my game further. You never know who's watching and hopefully I can climb the ladder.'

Williams believes the management team at Lowestoft are creating a winning environment in which he can flourish once again having come through the Glenn Hoddle Academy, which helps young footballers get back into the game after being released by Premier League and Championship clubs.

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'Ever since I've been at Lowestoft I've been impressed and happy with the set-up there,' he added. 'Between Flem (Craig Fleming), Dave Carolan, Chappo (Micky Chapman) and Ady (Gallagher) the training sessions are really good and at the level of full time football.'

By the time Williams' contract comes to an end in the summer he expects the Blues to have won promotion through to the Conference set-up. However, he admits the club could find it difficult to clear their fixture backlog after yet another postponement on Saturday at Thurrock.

'We're going to have to dig massively deep and try and find something,' said Williams, with the Blues 13 points off leaders Whitehawk with four games in hand. 'It's important that we do win these games because I've noticed we've dropped down into eighth now. It is worrying but we will take each game as it comes.'