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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Come on Boro -

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.”

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