Handy Williams

30 March 2013 11:01
Goalkeepers don't always beat strikers to the prizes so Ben Williams was doubly pleased to get the vote of confidence from the fans

Hibs supporters' player of the year Ben Williams has warned fans that fans that they have yet to see the best of him. The goalkeeper won the fans accolade despite a strong challenge from striker Leigh Griffiths at the Supporters' Association annual dinner last Sunday. Hibs have had some interesting 'keepers in the past and the fans appreciate that they have a safe pair of hands in Williams in the number one spot for now. Williams started his career as a Manchester United trainee in 2002 before moving on to Crewe, Carlisle and Colchester, but he believes he has yet to reach his peak.He said: "I would say I am getting to the place I want to be as a goalkeeper. I would say that I am arriving into my peak, both fitness-wise and in terms of experience and mentality. In the last five seasons I have had three player-of-the-year awards. I got player of the year at Carlisle and in my first year at Colchester. So it is good recognition for me and testament to the amount of work I put in to try to get to a consistent level of goalkeeping. With goalkeeping, it is such a long learning curve, early on in your career you just don't perform consistently. You will have games where you are amazing and you will have games where you will make mistakes and you will probably dwell on the mistakes too long and are overly critical of yourself. But the next few years will be my peak time and if I can pick up more awards that would be fantastic. You are always judged by your mistakes and if you don't make many mistakes then people will have you down as a reliable goalkeeper so long may that continue."

Source: ScottishFitba