Tom Williamson has played 10 games for Carlton in 2017

FIRST-YEAR Carlton Football Club player Tom Williams cemented his spot in the line-up early on in his young career. 

“It’s been very surreal to be honest,” Williamson said. 

The former Ararat Rat played his first game for the Blues in their 15-point win against Essendon in round three. 

“I didn’t think I would be in the team early on. I held my spot for 10 games, which was really pleasing,” he said. 

Williamson’s last game was against Gold Coast in round 13 before he sustained a back injury. 

He will miss the Blues’ round 17 clash against the Western Bulldogs but hopes to return for round 18 when the Blues play the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba. 

“I can’t wait to get back out there,” he said. 

Williamson has fit in well at the Blues and has played the majority of his football at half-back flank. 

“I think the style suits my game a lot, it’s a fast running game, something football is leaning towards,” he said. 

“I am in the gym a bit more too, in pre-season we had five sessions of gym a week and during the season we have three. As first years we have the option to do extra light gym work in our own time.

“The boys have been great, the leadership group made us young guys feel really welcome.” 

Williamson said the level of professionalism had exceeded his expectations. 

“The wealth of knowledge (of the coaches) is great. I am always learning,” he said. 

The young footballer recently paid a visit to his hometown and said it was great to see family and friends. 

“I went down to the footy. I always love coming back (to Ararat). To come and see all my family and friends is awesome,” he said. 

“Most times Ararat play I will give dad a call and see how they did. I have a passion for the club, I always will.”