Curtley Williams gutted injury hampered time with Dagenham & Redbridge
PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:25 01 June 2017
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Defender only managed 11 appearances with Daggers having spent six months out with a knee injury
Curtley Williams says he was devastated an injury restricted him to just 11 appearances during his one season with Dagenham & Redbridge.
After starting the first five National League games for Daggers, Williams spent six months on the sideline with a knee injury.
Throughout that spell, there were suggestions that the ex-Luton Town man was close to a comeback several times before he eventually did return at the end of March.
And even though he was able to regain his starting spot for the Essex club before the season was out, the 27-year-old admits it was hard to spend so long out of action.
“It was really tough being injured, mentally more than physically, and I was probably a little naïve in wanting to return quickly because I only had a one-year deal,” he said.
“There were times when maybe I tried to rush back, but I was happy to play through the pain, though maybe I was doing that when the injury was not fully healed.”
Even when Williams did return, the right-back had to be managed by Daggers boss John Still to avoid a recurrence of the knee injury.
One particular scenario that springs to mind is at the start of April when Daggers faced Eastleigh and Lincoln City in little over 48 hours.
Williams lasted 68 minutes against the Spitfires before being replaced, but was rested altogether against the Imps as Still did his best to manage the defender’s return.
Daggers went on to lose 2-0 to the Imps, with Williams admitting he felt he was fit enough to play, though he understands why Still opted to rest him.
“I probably could have played at Lincoln, but John said we had to be sensible with my injury and it was about managing it,” he added.
“I wanted to play every game, so of course it was a bit frustrating when I had to miss games after coming back, but I still wasn’t fully fit and I was unable to train as much as I’d liked.
“I’m probably back to being fully fit now, but that’s a couple of weeks after the end of the season when I’ve had some rest; I just wish I could have played more.”