DERRICK Williams says consistency was the name of the game after claiming Rovers’ player of the season prize for 2016/17.
But the 24-year-old admitted he wanted a lot more from the campaign as a whole, with Rovers relegated from the Championship on the final day at Brentford.
Williams won the end-of-season honour following a string of consistent displays after joining the club last summer from Bristol City for a fee in the region of £250,000.
He was presented with the trophy prior to the final home game of the season, a 1-0 win over Aston Villa, but despite winning both of their last two games, Rovers dropped in to League One.
The Irishman, who was brought in by former Rovers boss Owen Coyle, felt he improved as the season went on and ended up operating in a left-wing back role under Tony Mowbray.
He said: “Personally I feel that I got better each game.
“I remember that when I came in Owen Coyle said to me that he wanted me to be a consistent full-back.
“I think I have done that and after Christmas I feel that I have added more of an attacking side to my game.
“As a team it could have gone better this season. Personally I am happy, but I wanted a lot more from this season.”
Rovers will be playing in the third tier of English football next season for the first time in 37 years.
Williams knows what it takes to get out of League One, having been promoted as champions with Bristol City in 2014/15 in what was his second season with the Robins.
City won promotion operating with a back three for much of that campaign, with Williams used in a left centre-back role, and as a wing-back in his 55 outings in the title-winning campaign.
He ended his debut season at Ewood Park with 42 appearances, which included one goal, the equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Cardiff City in March.
On being back in League One, Williams said: “It’s a tough division to get out of, there’s not much football played. If we hold on to a lot of our players though we can easily come back up.”
Source : LancashireTelegraph