Date: 17th July 2009 at 6:12pm
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THE year of 1999 saw Robbie Williams sign for Accrington Stanley. 10 years, over 230 appearances and 11 goals later and the defender looks set to leave the club on a bad note.

Williams, 30, was charged by the Football Association in April over bets he and team mate Peter Cavanagh placed against Stanley when they faced Bury in the last game of the season in 2008.

Both players denied the charged, but skipper Csv has continued to train with the side and has been told he will be offered a new contract at the Crown Ground if found innocent when the FA’s findings are published.

But Williams has been frozen out and has not been invited back to train with the team but has not been informed of being released.

However because the defender’s contract has now expired, with limited contact from the club, he has assumed the worst and is set to begin training with a new team in the next week as he tries to earn a contract.

Williams told the Lancashire Telegraph: “They never offered me a new contract so that`s why I`m not training. It`s about my security really.

“There are obviously a few things going on with the FA hearing, so I could understand if that was the reason but they`ve never rung me.

“It looks like I`ve been released and I can`t see anything happening now.

“I`ve got to look after myself, so I`m keeping my options open.

“I am supposed to be training with another club from next week.”

The club were set to arrange a testimonial game for Williams following his fantastic ten years at the club, but that is now in the balance after recent events.

Williams and Cavanagh are scheduled for FA hearings on August 7, although it is possible that verdicts will not be received until the following week – after Stanley`s first game of the season.