Date: 30th January 2009 at 6:44pm
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Many thanks to Burnley FC for the use of this photo

Defender,Rhys Williams (above) is now a Clarets player until the end of the season having signed on loan today from Middlesbrough.

The versatile defender can play anywhere across the back four and is not averse to playing in the holding midfield role.

As you can see, he has been given the Number 21 shirt and is expected to make his debut for the Clarets tomorrow against Charlton Athletic at Turf Moor.

Speaking about the deal, Owen Coyle said:

‘I’ve tried to bring Rhys in since pre-season and I’m delighted to now have him on board. He encompasses everything we are trying to do at the club, only being 20-years-old and with a big future ahead of him.We are trying to bring in players to the club who can enhance their careers and equally give us a young vibrant team and I’m pretty confident Rhys will do that’

Williams is an Australian, born in Perth and made his senior debut for Middlesbrough in August 2008 against Yeovil in the Carling Cup. Despite having an Indian mother and English father, he managed to qualify to play for Wales thanks to his grandparents and is currently a Welsh Under 21 International but he has also been called up to the full squad, amazingly on the same day he made his Boro debut!

The player highly rated by gaffer, Gareth Southgate has recently returned to fitness after a serious knee injury and will rejoin Middlesbrough at the end of this season having just signed a new three year contract.