A TEENAGE football player with Powys roots is making a name for himself in Australia.

15 year old Rhys Williams was back in Britain last week after helping form part of the Australian Under 17s side which played friendlies against Switzerland and Inter Milan youth sides.

The Joeys beat the Swiss 4-3 and lost 4-2 to the Italian club.

Rhys is the son of Andrew and Joanne Williams who both grew up in Bettws Cedewain and attended Newtown High School before emigrating to Australia and start a brand new life in 2006.


Andrew is the son of Raymond Williams and June Lewis and Joanne is the daughter of Rob and Gill Harding who were popular landlords of the village's now closed New Inn pub for many years.

Andrew played for Newtown and Caersws and was a regular with the now defunct Bettws Football Club.

His son Rhys has proven to be a chip off the block and had spells at Brisbane Roar, Moreton Bay and also captained Queensland.

The talented forward is currently part of the Brisbane Roar U23s set up.

Andrew said: "We are so proud of what he’s achieved in such a short space of time. His hard work and commitment to football has definitely paid off. He trains four days a week with an hour each way to training.

"He asks most weeks to move back to Wales to pursue his football career."