79 79RHYS RHYS WILLIAMS
In England they called him the Rolls Royce, and at his prime, Williams’ stylish, effortless ability earned him the attention of England’s top clubs. But the cost of upkeep on Rhys’s body has been severe. Two Achilles tendons, hip injuries, knee ligament damage and a fractured cheekbone have resulted in the Aussie spending nearly a third of his career on the sidelines. If Williams was a car, it might have been sold for scrap by now. It’s lucky that the 29-year-old’s prodigious talent has kept him steering towards success. A lesser footballer would have given up, or resented having to fight for a place after returning to the A-League. Not Rhys. After forcing his way back into Kenny Lowe’s side, he earned his first Socceroos call up in four years and a move to Melbourne Victory, where he’s set to reclaim his rightful spot as one of Australia’s most talented footballers. Williams is back on track, but he knows he has everything to prove. Can he remain fit? Have those long, inspector gadget legs still got it? This season is a chance to show was what’s really under his bonnet. The Rolls Royce has been sheltered in the garage for too long. It’s time to take the old girl out for a spin. There’s a fragility to his genius – but there is without a doubt a genius within. Let it shine...
There’s no guaranteeing Cahill’s tale will have a happy ending. Despite a strong performance against Chile, in the last 11 Socceroos appearances – totalling almost 350 minutes – Cahill’s only scored once. Tomi Juric and Jamie Maclaren have been performing at a high level, and Adam Taggart, following a strong 2016/17, is well poised to reclaim his Socceroos place. Even if Postecoglou takes Cahill solely for his experience – which even that is is far from a given – to play more than just a cameo few minutes, Cahill is going to have to perform at every opportunity. You’d be mad to write him off, but if this time next year we’re looking back at another Timmy World Cup memory, it’ll be because of his hard work this season. Only Cahill knows how many chapters are left in his never-ending story.
ONLY CAHILL KNOWS HOW MANY CHAPTERS ARE LEFT IN HIS NEVER- ENDING STORY... BUT YOU’D BE MAD TO WRITE HIM OFF