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Rhys Williams, who was on loan with Burnley from Middlesbrough in the closing months of the 2008/09 season, is set to leave Teesside and fly back home to Western Australia to play for home town club Perth Glory.

Injuries have seriously curtailed his career in the last two years. He suffered bad injuries in January games in both 2014 and 2015 and didn’t return from the last one until a year later when he went out to Charlton on loan to get some game time but played just four times, two of them from the bench, and didn’t play a full ninety minutes in any of the games.

With that in mind, and with his contract at Middlesbrough coming to an end, he’s made the decision to return home. He said: “I knew that I needed to get home to kick start my career again. With the manager there, the lifestyle and my family around me, that’s going to help me play my best football.”

The manager is Kenny Lowe who is a family friend and someone who Rhys has known for many years, Williams said he’s been a mentor since he was a teenager.

He’ll be joining a squad that will also included another former Burnley player and one he will know well, his younger brother Aryn who spent three years at Turf Moor and played in the FA Youth Cup semi-final against Blackburn two years ago.

“That’s a bonus for me,” Rhys added. “I’m not only coming home to re-join my family but Aryn will be there by my side on the training track, day in day out. I think that will benefit us both and can only bode well for the rest of the team.”

Rhys, now 27,  joined Burnley at the end of January 2009 and made his debut in a 2-1 home win against Charlton on the following day. He played in every game until the end of the season but was not eligible to feature in the play-offs, although he was with the squad at Wembley for the final.

Owen Coyle was keen to sign him permanently that summer and also tried to sign him for Bolton, but Williams returns to Australia never having played in the Premier League.

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