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Wales star Jonny Williams reveals his surprise at Cardiff City exit as he prepares to play at Euro 2020 without a club

Jonny Williams has revealed he expected his stay with Cardiff City to be extended before he was released earlier this month.

The Wales international joined the Bluebirds on a short-term deal on the final day of the January transfer window but featured just nine times under Mick McCarthy before departing the club on the opening day of June.

And the 27-year-old admits he was left shocked when he discovered his time with Cardiff was coming to an end this summer.

“Originally I thought I was staying so it came as a surprise to me,” he said.

“At the same time, football doesn’t surprise me.

“I’ve been in the game for 10 years and experienced a lot of ups and downs, so I can take it on the chin and move on.

“I’m a free agent and I’ve been in this position before – keep fighting and trying to enjoy my football, wherever that might be.

“It was disappointing how it panned out at Cardiff because I was excited about the move.

“Everything happens for a reason. I’m here now in a Wales jersey, so I’ve just got to keep moving forward and see what comes in the summer.”

Despite his brief period at Cardiff being tough, Williams had harboured hopes of remaining in the Welsh capital beyond the summer.

And the playmaker admits he is unsure as to why he was let go by the Bluebirds.

“I’m not sure, I wasn’t completely told what happened,” he explained.

“Someone’s taken the decision so that’s that and I move on.”

Now a free agent, Williams is bidding to impress at the European Championships with Wales in a bid to find a new club ahead of the 2021/22 season.

It comes after Hal Robson-Kanu found himself in a similar situation at Euro 2016 – with the striker going on to net memorable goals against Slovakia and Belgium as Wales reached the semi-finals in France before securing a move to West Brom.

And Williams is hoping to once again play his part in a successful tournament with Wales, having helped Chris Coleman’s side shine on the biggest stage five years ago.

“I’ve been practising my Cruyff turns like Hal,” he quipped.

“I feel relaxed. It’s never nice being released but I feel good in myself, I feel strong.

“I thought I did well when I got the chance but just didn’t quite get the rub of the green with team selections and stuff.

“I’m ready to play a part in any way I can in this tournament. I’m excited.”

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