Blackburn Rovers are in talks with defender Derrick Williams over a new contract, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.

The Lancashire side are also looking to tie down key players such as Bradley Dack, Richard Smallwood and Darragh Lenihan on new contracts as well.

Derrick Williams impressed for Blackburn as they gained an immediate promotion back to the Championship last season. Their manager, Tony Mowbray, sees him as a crucial player for Rovers and wants to sign him on a more long-term basis.

The 25-year-old joined Blackburn in August 2016 from Bristol City but could not prevent them slipping into League One in his first season at the club. However, he will get another opportunity to play for them at this level in the next campaign.

Williams was born in Hamburg in Germany but started his career at Waterford after his family settled in Ireland. He was then snapped up by Aston Villa in 2009. He played once for Villa’s senior side and was allowed to leave them on a permanent deal to join Bristol City in 2013.

He played 131 games during his time at Ashton Gate and won the League One title and the Football League Trophy in 2014. He then left the Robins to join Blackburn and this move has paid off for him as he has become a key player for Rovers.

It is exciting times to be a Blackburn fan after their promotion and the news that Williams is in talks over a new contract is positive for them.

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