Alex Revell had no issues with handing youth a chance to shine in his Boro’ squad. Alfie Williams was just one of the lads to benefit. Like a few other young ‘uns in the early stages of the 2020-1 campaign, Revs gave Williams his first taste of first team action. Named as a sub for our Leasing.com Trophy tie with MK Dons, it was a sign that management saw him as one for the future. And, as such, brought him into the fold so he could see what it was all about.
Up to that point, Williams was playing for our U18s; making decent progress as a scholar to boot. He reached a milestone with the club in April 2021 too. The club revealed that he was one of three young lads to sign a pro deal with us. Academy boss Robbie O’Keefe said: “He is an offensive, flair type player and has been getting more and more consistent in his performances while adding to his individual attributes. He has put in a number of standout performances; outings that have convinced everyone that he is worthy of a professional contract.”
Unfortunately, there would be no route through to the first team under Steve Evans. As such, Williams was released by the club in summer 2023; no doubt with many lower league suitors ready to offer him a chance.