Ashley Williams has revealed his thoughts on what has been a positive debut season on Merseyside.
Speaking to Everton's official website, the imposing Welsh centre-back has commented on how him and his teammates have been pushed on by the 'massive' club's proud history.
Williams moved to Everton from Swansea last summer, and since then he has only missed two competitive matches for Ronald Koeman's side this season, as the Blues achieved a 7th place finish which will see them playing Europa League football next term.
When signing for Everton, the ex-Swansea skipper knew he was joining a club steeped in grand tradition. Williams has not felt the pressure that usually comes with this, revealing that he enjoys playing for Evertonians who 'live for the team.'
When quizzed regarding what makes Everton such a special club, Williams replied:
“When you come into the city it’s either red or blue and on a match-day you know that the Everton fans are crazy for football and really live for the team.
“Once you become part of the Club you realise how big football is to them and what the Club has achieved before so you’re always trying to live up to the standards that have been set.
“I’ve enjoyed it. Coming to such a massive club like Everton, everyone welcomed me straight away and for us it’s been a decent season. The top six is difficult to break into; we gave it a good go and got European football in the end so it’s been a good season.”
On how he feels about playing in Europe again, having already featured in UEFA competitions for Swansea during the 2013/14 season, he said:
“I didn’t know if I’d get to play in Europe again, being 32, but I’m happy we’ve achieved it and excited to be part of it next season with Everton.”