Former ECU duo to meet in English play-off Semi-Final

Former ECU duo to meet in English play-off Semi-Final

Posted on May 11, 2018 in 'News'

It’s an exciting time in English football, with promotion and relegation, while the play-offs are the centre of attention at the moment. The League One play-offs this season sees Scunthorpe United taking on Rotherham United over two legs, and it’s more interesting for Jacks fans with former players Cameron Burgess and Ryan Williams playing on opposite teams.

Both players are pressing for a spot in the English Championship, which is one level down from the Premier League. Burgess arrived at The Iron as a relatively unknown prospect from Fulham, having impressed during loan spells at Oldham Athletic and Bury the previous season.

When looking back at his first full regular season at the club, Burgess is pleased with his progress as a young player and is delighted with the club’s current position. However, the young West Australian admitted that he would have liked to have played more minutes.

“On a squad point of view, I’m delighted with where we are in the table, even though we would have liked to have finished higher,” Burgess said. “Personally, I would have loved to have played a few more minutes, that’s for sure.”

“Sometimes it’s been frustrating, but that’s not through the fact that the other lads in the squad deserve to be playing – our recent record shows that. If we could put 20 guys out there on the field – that’d be great because a lot of players in this squad deserve to play! I just want to play as many minutes as I can.”

Burgess signed a three-year deal with the club back in July and certainly has a big future at Glanford Park, and he hopes that will be in the Championship next season. “It’s all about improving each year for me – that’s the main thing,” he said. “When next year comes around, hopefully in the Championship I’ll be able to put myself forward for more minutes here at Scunthorpe.”

Ahead of Saturday’s first-leg against Rotherham United, Burgess stated that there is a real feeling of confidence around the dressing room. “We’re really confident, that’s for sure – our recent performances show that,” he said. “The results have been a lot better and the performances have followed also, so that brings us all confidence going into these games against Rotherham.”

Meanwhile Williams, who is the brother of former ECU, Glory and Middlesbrough defender Rhys, believes Rotherham United will book their place at Wembley at the expense Scunthorpe United, declaring: “I think we are the better team.” The Millers beat Scunthorpe home and away in the regular League One campaign and summer signing Williams is confident he and his teammates can repeat that success over their two-legged clash for the right to contest the play-off final at the national stadium.

“With the boys we have got, I can’t see us losing,” the 24-year old winger said.  “We’ve beaten them twice. We need to forget that, put that to bed,” Williams said. “They have been in good form, but that doesn’t scare us. I think we are the better team.

“A plus is we don’t have to have an overnight stay or have far to travel … the fans deserved that because they have stuck with us for the whole season. The play-offs are a chance to play at Wembley and get back to the Championship. It’s a place where this club belongs, with the stadium, fans, staff and players. It’s where we need to be.”

Williams arrived at the Millers last June from Barnsley, where he helped them to promotion through the play-offs, but injuries has curtailed his game time this season, but he has proved his fitness over the last year. “It’s been a good season, considering my past injuries,” he said.

“I have been available for every single game. I’ve played 42 league games and missed out on only four. For me, it’s been a success. I feel fresh and hopefully there are another three games to come. When I signed here, I felt this was the best platform to get to the Championship.

“When I was at Barnsley and we got promoted through the play-offs, I was injured at the time, so, unfortunately I missed out on that. I felt on the outside at Barnsley, 100 per cent. But it was good for my career, in a way. It was bad I missed a lot of football, but I learned a lot.”

Good luck to both players from everyone at the Campus!!!