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Posh striker Aaron Williams is taking his inspiration from Premier League title winner Jamie Vardy. Like the Leicester City forward, Williamstravelledsome hardyards in non-league football before winning a place back in the full-time professional ranks.
Unlike Vardy, Williams hadexperienceoftheFootball League (with Walsall) before dropping into the semi-pro ranks to learn, and brush up, on his chosen trade.
It didn’t necessarily feel like it at thetime, butWilliams (22) believes a handful of seasons with Telford and Nuneaton could be the making of his career.
Williamssaid:“Non-league football turns you into a man. You come up against defenders who have worked all week and all they want to do is kick you!
“You know you’re not going to get kicked, but you pick yourself up and carry on.
“I was disappointed when I left Walsall, but I grew up physically and mentally in my time outside the Football League.
“I’m delighted to have this second chance and I’m determined to make the most of it.
“I look at what Jamie Vardy did and it inspires me. It took him a few seasons to get in the Football Leagueandhe’staken it by storm.”
Williams arrived at Posh on the same day as midfielder Callum Chettle last season.
Bothwerehandedatrialby Poshafterimpressinginasuccessful Nuneaton side.
Williams scored on his full debut for Posh in a 3-2 home defeat at thehandsofPortVale and again the following week, in a crucial 2-1 win at Doncaster.
“I’ve shown I can score goals at this level,” Williams added. “And I’m hungry for more.
“I was surprised to get into the first team so soon after arriving and scoring that first goal was a great feeling.
“But I have to kick on and keep improving. I wanted to hit the groundrunninginpre- season to try and impress the manager.
“If he wants a player to chase lost causes, I’ll be that man!
“I don’t mind running into channels, butIalsodon’tmind playing with my back to goal either.
“Pre-season was hard, but good. I was used to training in the summer in a local park in Nuneaton so flying off to Portugal for great weather and great facilities was a superb experience.
“Players generally don’t like pre- season, but I will treasure every minute of this one.
“It can’t fail to have helped me fitness-wise.”
FormerEnglandandManchester United hero David Beckham is Aaron Williams’ playing hero.
“I love the way he conducts himself on and off the pitch.”