OWAIN FON WILLIAMS is excited by the prospect of adding international recognition this week to his table-topping start to the season with Tranmere.
The Rovers goalkeeper, preparing for a World Cup qualifying double-header with the Wales squad this week, is in line to win his first full cap against Scotland in Cardiff on Friday.
Fon Williams said: “This week is a great opportunity for me. I’m hoping I’m going to play because ever since I was a young boy, growing up in North Wales, I wanted to play for my country. It will be a massive thing for me if I do.”
Wales manager Chris Coleman has selected Fon Williams in his squad on several occasions over recent months. However, Coleman’s first and second choices, Wayne Hennessey and Boaz Myhill, are ruled out by injuries this time.
Of the three goalkeepers selected for the games against Scotland and away to Croatia next Tuesday, Fon Williams has the advantage of playing regular first-team football over Jason Brown of Aberdeen and Lewis Price of Crystal Palace.
Coleman will also consider Fon Williams’ impressive form with Tranmere this season.
The 25-year-old has conceded just six goals in 11 unbeaten League One games and kept six clean sheets along the way.
Fon Williams said: “I’m working very hard on my game every day with Tranmere. Dave Timmins, the goalkeeper coach, is a big part of it. He’s always on my back, pushing me on. It’s the same with the gaffer and (coach) John McMahon. It’s not just about saving the shots and being in the right position. It’s about how you control the stuff in front of you so that maybe you don’t have to make a save.
“I’m really enjoying my football at the moment and who wouldn’t when you are top of the league.”
Fon Williams’ only regret about the Wales call-up is missing Tranmere’s League One encounter with Yeovil Town at Prenton Park on Saturday. Moore says he plans to ask Coleman to consider releasing Fon Williams for duty with Tranmere on Saturday if the goalkeeper is required only as a substitute against the Scots. He accepts such an arrangement would be impossible if Fon Williams plays. Fon Williams admitted: “I would do anything for the Yeovil game to be called off so I don’t have to miss it!
“It is never nice to miss games, in fact I hate it. I would do anything to help us call it off but that’s out of my hands.”
Fon Williams’ likely absence this weekend should provide a first League One opportunity for Jason Mooney, the towering goalkeeper from Northern Ireland who has provided cover since signing a one-year contract in the summer.
Mooney can look forward to stepping into a side that held onto a four-point lead at the top of the division following a 1-0 win at Notts County last Saturday.
Tranmere controlled the play to such an extent as Meadow Lane that Fon Williams did not have a difficult save to make during the 90 minutes.
Fon Williams said: “As a team we defend from the front. It’s not just the back four who are doing well.
“We are defending and playing as a team magnificently at the moment.
“We are top of the league for a reason. Everyone looks comfortable and confident.
“We are playing on a high.”