Released by MK Dons at the age of 18, Williams went away and earned a degree at Loughborough University before working his way back up the football ladder and re-joining his hometown club this summer on a two-year deal.
Then, on Tuesday evening at Gigg Lane, the young defender was handed the captain’s armband by boss Robbie Neilson for the Sky Bet League One clash with Bury – capping off a whirlwind six years for the now 23-yearold.
“It was a really proud moment for me to put the armband on,” Williams told MK Dons PlayerHD
“(Robbie) told me just as I got into the changing room and I was buzzing about it. It took me by surprise a little bit but it really gave me that extra buzz, which always helps when you go out onto the pitch.
“I’m from Milton Keynes and I grew up playing here before going away and coming back. It was a real honour pull on the armband on.”
Unfortunately for Williams, he and his teammates couldn’t get a result to match the occasion as they were held to a goalless draw by the Shakers.
“I’m disappointed we couldn’t get the three points. It’s a tough place to come on a Tuesday night – the pitch wasn’t great and they are a tough team to break down so we’ve got to respect the point.
“It was quite a cagey game and it was scrappy at times. We wanted to move the ball side to side better and we didn’t create as much as we wanted to. Credit to Bury for being tough to break down but we were also tough to break down.
“I thought we looked really solid at the back – they didn’t get many chances off. We had a little bit of a makeshift back four and they’ve got some seasoned pros in the frontline but we limited them to few chances and that’s a positive we can take.
“We said before the game and at half-time that the minimum we come out with is a clean sheet and we did that."