Former Portsmouth and MK Dons midfielder Shaun Williams reunites with ex-Millwall boss Neil Harris at Gillingham after Fratton Park release is confirmed

Shaun Williams’ next destination following his Pompey release has been confirmed.

By Sam Cox
Friday, 10th June 2022, 3:35 pm

The 35-year-old has completed a free transfer move to League Two Gillingham – with the length of the deal is yet to be disclosed.

Williams’ departure signalled the end of a one-year stay at Fratton Park, following his recruitment last summer from Millwall.

In that time the Irishman made 35 appearances in all competitions for the Blues, but missed the majority of the season from February onwards after sustaining a serious back injury.

His arrival at Gills, where he will link up with former Lions boss Neil Harris, represents the fifth club of Williams’ career.

After penning his contract, he told Gillingham’s official website: ‘I am really pleased to be here.

‘I'm excited at the opportunity ahead and I'm grateful to be working with Neil again.

Shaun Williams has signed for Gillignham after his Pompey release. Picture: Jason Brown/ProSportsImages

‘I'm a controlled kind of player, I like to get on the ball and I like to do what I can for the team.

‘I don't want any headlines, I like to go under the radar. I'm looking forward to getting going.’

Williams made 236 appearances under Harris at Millwall, earning promotion to the Championship in 2016.

The pair will be hoping they can capture the same success at Priestfield next term, with immediate promotion back to League One the target.

Harris added: ‘I am delighted to get Shaun Williams within the group – an experienced player that I've worked with in the past.

‘I know the characteristics that Shaun will bring to the dressing room, but also the pitch.

‘He provides a calming influence, on and off the pitch, he is a leader in the changing room. He is a very, very intelligent footballer, and quality player at the level.’