Rhys Williams has played down rumours that he may be heading for the Barclays Premier League and insisted he is happy at Middlesbrough, and determined to play his part in the club’s promotion push.
Williams has been connected with a move to Bolton, whose manager Owen Coyle gave the Australia international his first team debut at Burnley in 2009.
While Williams spent a lot of the last season at the Riverside injured, the 23-year-old is now ready to repay the faith shown in him by Tony Mowbray and star for the Npower Championship side next season.
"We all believe in the manager, we showed last season what we can achieve and it's all about getting a good start," Williams said.
"Because I came through the ranks it means a lot to me to be here and, yes, I've been linked with people, but I'm enjoying it here.
“I'm settled and nothing would mean more to me than to get Middlesbrough back to the Premier League. And I know we're capable of that with the staff and the players we have.”
Williams has made it clear that he feels very loyal to his current employers, and won’t be making a move in search of trophies or more money, particularly after the club stood by him through injury problems.
"Middlesbrough is very special to me, I'm settled and I get on with the manager, so I couldn't be happier,” Williams said.
"Middlesbrough have stuck by me through my injury problems so the club definitely means a lot to me. I'll do anything for this club. The best way to say thanks is to help to push for promotion back to where we belong.
"This season we have a chance, and if we don't quite manage it, then the manager will have another summer to bring in even more players. I spoke to the manager and he says it's going to be a long journey but if we can get up into the Premier League he'll have money to spend and he said he'd keep us there."
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