This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Player view’ series, this content strand is where we put ourselves in the shoes of a given player, and offer an opinion-based outlook on the perspective on the situation at hand…
Gary Rowett will continue what has been a fairly positive start to life as Millwall manager on Saturday afternoon when they take on Charlton at The Den.
It is sure to be a fierce encounter and one player who is likely to be called upon from the start is experienced midfielder Shaun Williams.
He may be well into his 30s now, but Williams has remained an integral member of the Londoner’s side this season, playing in 11 of their 15 games so far, all of which have been from the start.
Should Williams be offered a new Millwall deal?
During his time with the club he has made 245 appearances, scoring 19 goals and assisting 25 more, after signing from MK Dons in the January window of 2014.
On Friday, however, he gave an update on his contract situation, which is set to expire at the end of the current campaign, saying that there had been no talks as of yet, reported by News At Den.
With Rowett now at the helm, it is likely that any new deals will be put on ice for a while as he assesses what he has at his disposal.
But how will Williams himself be feeling about the situation?
I imagine he is getting nervous. At 33, players are never as likely to be handed new deals like they were five years earlier so it would be understandable if he was beginning to sweat.
He is right to say he needs to keep plugging away. At his age he needs to be proving his worth regularly to be offered a new deal and, in fairness to him, he is doing that.
Rowett will need those experienced heads at his disposal during his time at The Den and I imagine that he will be keen to keep Williams on for at least another season.
And Williams will know his worth as well. In January he will have been at the club six years, and those years have been some of the most successful ones the club has had.
So whilst he may be getting nervey I believe that he has nothing to worry about and that a new deal will come his way soon enough.