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Derrick Williams is a young defender who joined Aston Villa as a scholar in January 2009, signing his first professional contract 12 months later. Derrick, who previously played for Irish junior club Tramore, is a powerful centre back who is strong both in the air and on the floor. A member of the Villa team that reached the final of the FA Youth Cup in 2009-10 he featured regularly for the reserves in 2010-11. Derrick has appeared for the Republic of Ireland at all age-group levels up to U19.
Harry Redknapp has taken over as Birmingham boss following the resignation of Gianfranco Zola.