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10:59 29th January 2016

Wolves wrap up Williamson deal

Wolves have returned to Newcastle to sign centre back Mike Williamson after the defender’s impressive loan spell at Molineux towards the end of last year.

The 32-year-old makes a permanent switch from the North East for an undisclosed fee, and has signed an 18-month contract.

His ability, experience and leadership made a key impact during his loan spell in November, Wolves conceding three goals during his five appearances during which they also kept three clean sheets.

Mike made an excellent impact whilst here with us on loan, and brought his considerable experience and leadership to the back four,” said Head Coach Kenny Jackett.

“We will be pleased to secure his services and are looking forward to getting him back here and making another positive impact on the team.”

Williamson, approaching 400 career appearances, spent five years at St James’s Park, arriving midway through the 2009-10 season and being a regular as the Toon stormed to the Championship title.

After that, his time has been spent entirely in the Barclays Premier League up until the loan spell with Wolves.

“We were all massively impressed with Mike’s loan spell and we feel he can make a significant contribution both on and off the field of play,” said Head of Football Development and Recruitment Kevin Thelwell.

“We have got a young squad who will be able to draw substantially on his experience and we are confident he will be able to make us better.

“If you look at the statistics, we have got the youngest squad in the Championship and, by his very nature, the experience that Mike brings will automatically bring those other players along.”

Stoke-born, Williamson began his career with Torquay United, then joining Southampton before enjoying loan spells back with Torquay, Doncaster Rovers and Wycombe Wanderers.

His loan at Wycombe eventually became permanent, and over 150 appearances during a five-year spell at Adams Park included helping the team to the semi finals of the League Cup.

A move to Watford followed, and a short but successful stay at Vicarage Road led to a switch to the Premier League with Portsmouth.

Williamson did not make an appearance during five months with Pompey, but was soon to land his top flight chance, that half a season with Newcastle paving the way for what has been an extensive stay in the Premier League.

He will re-take the number 5 shirt at Wolves which he wore during his loan spell.



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