Friday morning has seen Wolves confirm the signing of Mike Williamson from Newcastle.
As previously reported, the centre-back has agreed an 18 month contract and the fee is undisclosed, though widely claimed to be £250,000.
Best of luck to Mike Williamson, a player who gave his all for Newcastle.
Official Wolves Statement
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.”
Mike Williamson said about the move:
“It is sometimes difficult to explain but you can feel at home at a football club and feel comfortable as soon as you come in.
“It’s good to be back! When I left after the loan spell I spoke to the gaffer and he expressed the desire to make it permanent and I said that the feeling was mutual,” he says.
“I had a fantastic time here and I’m just glad it has been sorted out and I get back to playing.
“For me it has been about getting fit as I’ve been injured and it can be difficult sorting out details when you are not playing and showing people what you can do.
“I thoroughly enjoyed playing here and we had some good results. We just maybe needed to build on that and turn a few of the draws into wins. I loved my time here and that is why I am back here now.
“It was frustrating to be called back and then get an injury but that is how it is – it is the nature of the game.
“I’m not far off being back now and am looking forward to getting started and a new era.
“It will be easier coming back in having been before and I have already done all the initiation part.
“I can come in relaxed and ready to enjoy my football.
“Hopefully we can get back on a good run of form and the lads have done that recently as well.
“I will do what I can to help in that and to keep up some momentum.
“I have kept an eye on things since I went back and have watched on Sky what seems like most weeks!
“It has been good to be able to do that and I kept in touch with a few of the players as well.
“I want to come to a club that has the ambition and the platform to play and have as consistent a season as possible. This fits the bill exactly.
“We spoke before about my experience and bringing that to what is a fantastic group which maybe just needed that little bit of experience in and around the place.
“It feels like that again now – this is a good fit for me and hopefully I can give back to the club the faith they have showed in me.
“I think it sometimes difficult to explain but you can feel at home at a football club and feel comfortable as soon as you come in.
“That’s with the players, the staff and the fans – I really enjoyed my month here and was always keen to come back.
“I just want to enjoy my football now and be a part of something where we are pushing for the Premier League. That is where I want to be and I believe the club has all the tools to be in there.
“That is everyone’s ultimate ambition here, and it is mine as well. Seeing that ambition, and the desire from the club to bring me back here, made the move a no-brainer.”