Bristol City defender Ashley Williams has admitted he does not know if he will remain at the club after his current contract expires at the end of June, although he is comfortable with whatever the club choose to do.
Williams joined the Robins as a free agent on a deal until January 2020 last August, with that contract then extended until the end of June at the start of the year.
During his time at Ashton Gate, Williams has made 29 appearances for the club, scoring twice, although the current suspension of all football in the country means that the season looks increasingly unlikely to be completed by the time the centre back’s contract expires, and Williams is now unsure whether or not he will see out the campaign with Lee Johnson’s side.
Speaking to BBC Sport Wales about his future at Bristol City, Williams said: “Now I’m at peace with how old I am – I’m going to be 36 in August and that’s fine – and I’m at peace with my form. I’m at peace with whatever happens.
“I learned last summer here’s no point making plans, whether that’s retirement or where you want to be playing next season.
“And it’s nice I’m at an age and a stage of my career and life to have that freedom, to be able to say I’ll continue playing if I want to or I don’t.
“It’s not anything to worry about which it can be for players, whether if someone is going to sign them, if their body is going to hold out, the financial side of it, all those thoughts which come into it.“
Indeed, it seems that if this is to be the end of his career, then Williams is happy with what he has done in the game, as he added: “It’s easy for me to sit here and say it after playing for 18 years but if someone doesn’t want me then that’s what it is.
“I’ve achieved way more than I thought I would, my career has been way better than I ever thought it could be when I started out.”
If Williams does remain with Bristol City for the remainder of the season, whenever that may get back underway, then the former Wales international will be looking to help his side mount a late push into the Championship play-off places.
The Robins are currently seventh in the Championship table, one point adrift of sixth-placed Preston with nine games of the regular season still to be played at some point.
This is an interesting one.
Williams has certainly been impressive for Bristol City since his move to Ashton Gate, so you imagine that from a solely football perspective they would have been keen to retain his services.
However, it is worth noting that the financial impact of the season’s suspension means decisions in this time more than ever cannot be taken purely for football reasons, as clubs look to stay in business during this difficult period.
As a result, it is perhaps no big surprise that Williams future looks uncertain, although you imagine there could still be some interest in him were he to leave the club in the coming months, given the quality he continues to show on the pitch.