Williams wants Brickfields run out after making debut against Welsh
NEW Plymouth Albion signing Dan Williams did not enjoy the debut he wanted against his former club London Welsh on Saturday.
Williams started in the second-row for Albion as they lost 40-9 to the former Premiership side at Oxford's Kassam Stadium.
Although it was not the result the 24-year-old longed for, Williams hopes he has done enough to earn a home debut against London Scottish on Friday.
"It was a tough day," Williams told Herald Sport.
"London Welsh are a good side but we backed ourselves to give them a bit of a game.
"We did that in the first half, but we just slipped off in the second half.
"It is always disappointing to lose. We have high expectations as a team.
"We knew we could take the game to Welsh but we just slipped off in the second half and they execute their game plan very well and scored those tries."
Williams started his professional rugby career with Gloucester after leaving Ivybridge Community College.
He played in the Championship with Moseley and London Welsh before moving to France and playing for US Colomiers.
But he was left without a club this summer after returning from France injured.
He asked to train with Albion and signed for Newton Abbot to get some game-time under his belt.
Last week, though, Albion asked him to sign for them to play against Welsh.
"I snapped a ligament in my wrist playing in France last year," he said.
"I played with it for four months and then got it operated on at the end of the season.
"I struggled to find a club, so I asked Plymouth if I could come down and train.
"They were really good and let me join in with the boys. They have been very welcoming which I appreciate.
"It's just gone from there really.
"I didn't think I would get a shot this early at Albion.
"It was a bit of a surprise, but I welcomed it with open arms."
So was Williams happy with his performance against Welsh?
"It was not too bad," he said. "But I've still got a lot of work to do.
"It was my first game at this level in a long time.
"I'm coming back from injury and I still think I am a long way off full fitness, so there's a lot to work on still."
Williams has yet to sign a contract with Albion.
He said: "Hopefully, I can try and sort something out.
"But the main thing for me at the minute is to just try and keep playing, get my fitness back and get back into some good form. Then we'll take it from there."
Williams would certainly love to make his home debut on Friday against London Scottish.
"It would be nice running out there for the first time," he said. "That's my little goal for the week."
He added: "It's a big game. It's a home game and so hopefully we'll get a good result."
Former England under-20 international Williams can play anywhere in the back five.
He insists he does not really have a preference where he plays.
"Not really," he said. "Over the years have I played four, five, six, seven and eight, but as long as I'm on the field I don't really care where I play."
Williams did not play rugby until his family moved from Leicestershire to Ivybridge when he was 15 years old.
"We moved to Devon when I was about 15 and I went to Ivybridge College," said Williams.
"I didn't really play much rugby before that, but with the school being a massive rugby college things just went from there. The school were brilliant with my development. I have a lot of people to thank at the school for that."