Euro 2016: Wales' progress was time of my life, says Owain Fon Williams

Gareth Bale, Wayne Hennessey, Hal Robson Kanu and Owain Fon Williams celebrate with Wales

Owain Fon Williams had the time of his life at Euro 2016 despite not managing any playing time with Wales but is itching to get back into action.

The 29-year-old is back with Inverness Caledonian Thistle after being given a break by new manager Richie Foran.

And he hopes to return to the side to face Arbroath in the League Cup.

“It was the best eight weeks of my life, certainly football-wise,” said the goalkeeper. “But, now I’m back in Inverness, it’s down to business.”

Wales were the surprise packages of the finals in France this summer, reaching the semi-finals before losing to eventual winners Portugal.

Fon Williams, who signed a new three-year contract[1] with the Scottish Premiership club in May, had found himself third choice behind Wayne Hennessey of Crystal Palace and Liverpool’s Danny Ward.

The Welshman has also been on the bench for Caley Thistle’s last two League Cup group games as 19-year-old Cameron Mackay took his chance to impress following an injury to Ryan Esson.

But Fon Williams, who was an ever-present last season, believes he is ready to regain his first-team spot.

Wales goalkeepers Danny Ward and Owain Fon Williams in training<!–

“Obviously what we achieved at the Euros was incredible, but it’s important now for me to get my hands on the ball and get my sharpness back and then get ready,” he said.

“The Euros were unbelievable. Being out there with some fantastic people was great and what the boys did out there on the pitch was incredible.

“It was 1958 the last time Wales qualified for a major tournament, so as a nation we’d waited such a long time.

“For me personally, to be involved as one of those 23 players out there made me so proud.

“It was the time of my life and a time I’ll cherish forever.”

Asked about the secret of Wales’ progress, Fon Williams added: “We grew and got better with every game and that took us to the semi-finals.

“We had something special in our squad and were not afraid of any other side.

“We had every single person, both on and off the pitch, pulling together and, when you have that in a team, you’ve always got a chance of being successful.”

References

  1. ^ new three-year contract (www.bbc.co.uk)

BBC Sport – Football

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