Williams learning from Gainsborough Trinity skipper Leary
Jonathan Williams has hailed the contribution of team-mate and captain Michael Leary for his new lease of life at Gainsborough Trinity.
The Blues midfielder, who spent most of last season out on loan at Rainworth, has looked a class act during an impressive pre-season campaign for Steve Housham's side.
Despite Trinity's 2-1 opening day defeat at Vauxhall Motors on Saturday, recent performances from the 21-year-old have led to praise from the manager and supporters alike.
The former Scunthorpe United youngster has put his improved form down to Trinity captain Leary.
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"Last year I was playing as more of a holding midfielder, while this season Housh has given me licence to get forward more," said Williams.
"It's nice that I can do that because I have Lears (Leary) sitting in behind which has allowed me to do that.
"His presence in the middle makes it possible for me to get forward and I have been able to score a couple of goals.
"You always have licence to get forward when you have someone like Lears behind you.
"He has the experience and you know he's always going to be there to clean up."
Williams started his playing career at Scunthorpe United and went on to sign a professional contract.
But things did not work out at the Iron and Williams signed for Gainsborough in June 2011.
Last season, with a wealth of midfield talent at the disposal of the manager, Williams was unable to command a regular starting berth.
After a spell on loan at Northern Counties East LeaguePremier Division outfit Rainworth, the midfielder returned with a point to prove.
"Last season I was probably not fit enough when Housham put me in the side," added Williams.
"I think it was a case of working as hard as possible over the summer and to be honest I am feeling really good. I feel a lot fitter than I was last season.
"Housh wanted me to get some games under my belt and to improve my fitness.
"I think my confidence has also grown with more appearances and I have also scored a couple of goals, so that helps.
"Confidence is a massive thing in football, it helps make you a better player."
Housham went on the record during the summer to claim Williams is one of the most technically gifted players in Skrill North.
He also believes that with hard work and consistency, Williams could yet play at a higher level.
"Every footballer wants to play as high as they can and obviously that is a goal for the future," aded Williams.
"But at the moment I am just concentrating on playing for Gainsborough.
"If anything else comes about then we'll cross that bridge when we come to it, but right now it's all about staying in the Gainsborough team and doing well.
"My own personal goals for this year are to play as many games as I can and be successful with Gainsborough Trinity.
"We want to win as many games as possible and aim for the play offs or even promotion. We have a good set of lads here so there is no reason why we shouldn't reach the play-offs."