Former Shelbourne and Dundalk goalkeeper Steve Williams have left his role as Dundalk's goalkeeper coach to join the Louth GAA coaching ticket.
The former Welsh under 21 international had been the goalkeeping coach at the League of Ireland club since 2013, with the club announcing his departure this afternoon.
Dundalk FC can confirm that goalkeeping coach Steve Williams has left Oriel Park. A former player, 'Willow' became part of the backroom staff in 2013. We would like to thank him for his contribution to the club and we wish him the very best of luck in the future. #CmonTheTown pic.twitter.com/uDfG8NAoNE
— DundalkFC (@DundalkFC) December 23, 2020
LMFM have reported that Williams will join Mickey Harte's new look coaching ticket in the new year.
Sport | Former @DundalkFC goalie and keeper coach Steve Williams is joining @louthgaa as goalkeeping coach under Mickey Harte in the New Year. The Welshman was previously involved with Louth more than a decade ago.
— LMFM RADIO (@LMFMRADIO) December 23, 2020
Williams has previously worked with the Louth footballers before, as well as working with Rory Beggan of Monaghan in 2018.
The Welshman's departure from Dundalk means that the club have no goalkeepers nor goalkeeping staff on the books following the end of the 2020 League of Ireland season.
Club stalwart Gary Rogers has retired, backup keeper Aaron McCarey signed for Cliftonville and former Ireland underage international Jimmy Corcoran has also left the club.
✍️ Cliftonville Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Aaron McCarey.
➡️ https://t.co/o0h2AbEZpc pic.twitter.com/9BPh8RthZr
— Cliftonville FC (@cliftonvillefc) December 22, 2020
Steve Williams played for Coventry City and Cardiff City before beginning his League of Ireland career at Dundalk in 1997. The custodian played for a raft of Irish clubs, including Sporting Fingal, Bray Wanderers and Drogheda United.
His most successful tenure came during his first spell at Shelbourne, where he spent 7 years. During his first spell at Tolka Park, Williams picked up the SWAI Goalkeeper of the Year award in 2003 and 2004.