Age: 23 years old.
Current club: Cardiff Met University.
Former clubs: Ipswich Town and Salisbury City.
Did you know?: Will is the Vice President of the Cardiff Met Uni Students Union.
FOLLOWING a fine debut season in the Welsh Premier League, Cardiff Met Uni goalkeeper Will Fuller is aiming for an even better campaign this time around.
The 2016/17 campaign was an exceptional one for the Met squad as they finished in sixth place, narrowly missing out on a Europa League spot, losing 1-0 to Bangor City in the play-off final.
On the defensive side of the game, Met were superb, conceding just 41 goals, which was the joint-third least amount in the league (with Newtown), behind TNS (26) and Connah’s Quay (24) who were the top two sides in the division.
23-year-old Fuller played a vital role in that success, keeping 13 clean sheets and receiving high praise from Welsh football pundits such as Malcolm Allen and Dylan Ebenezer.
Like all the other members of the Cardiff Met Uni squad, the shot-stopper is a student at the University and is currently studying for a MSc degree in Sport Psychology.
In this article, Fuller gives answers some of AFEFootballNews’ pressing questions and even gives some advice for the budding young goalkeepers out there …
AFE: Who was your footballing idol growing up and who did you support?
WF: I grew up in Suffolk and supported Ipswich Town, so I was a massive Richard Wright fan.
AFE: How long have you been playing for Cardiff Met now? Who did you play for before?
WF: The 2017/18 season will be my 6th with Cardiff Met. I was at Ipswich when I was a a kid and then at Salisbury City as a scholar.
AFE: You and the Met squad enjoyed a fine season last year, what was the highlight for you?
WF: Our aim as a club was always to secure our WPL status for 2017/18.
Within the group, we had other targets and an idea of how we wanted to achieve that and thankfully we were able to enjoy a great campaign finishing in the top six. A highlight for me personally was our defensive record, in which we racked up 13 clean sheets in the league.
If I had to pick a single highlight it would probably be the Tuesday night win over Newtown under the lights in front of a decent crowd.
AFE: Who’s the best player in the Met squad in your opinion and why?
WF: There’s a lot of top talent in our team and I think it’s always hard to compare different positions but I rate Charlie Corsby very highly.
Both in and out of possession, he makes things tick for us.
AFE: What about the best player in the WPL overall or best you’ve come up against?
WF: For me I’d put Bala’s Anthony Stephens up there.
He’s played well every time we’ve come up against them, he defends well and his delivery is top class.
AFE: What are the aims for this side now going into the 17/18 season? And what are your personal aims?
WF: We’re always looking to improve as a team so we’ll be looking to better last seasons results.
Hopefully we can get off to a better start than we did last year and then see how far we can go.
On a personal level I’d like to play a part in reducing our goals against column and increasing the number of clean sheets we pick up along the way.
AFE: Final question now Will … what advice would you give to young players out there who are trying to make a name for themselves?
WF: I would tell them to make sure that they’re getting game time and quality coaching, I always say that it’s better to be playing and learning than warming a bench.
You should always be prepared to soak up as much information as possible and work out what works best for you.
Also, don’t let mistakes and setbacks restrict your progress as a player and most importantly of course, enjoy your football!
Thanks a lot for chatting to AFEFootballNews Will. Best of luck to both you and the Cardiff Met squad on your quest to go one step further this season!