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Free agent Mike Williamson links up with League One side

3 years ago

Only 18 months and five league starts after joining Wolves for £250,000, Mike Williamson has been left looking for a new club.

After a loan period where he showed promise in five matches, Wolves made the deal permanent in January 2016 despite the defender being injured at the time.

Further injuries/complications meant that it was a year before Mike Williamson played for Wolves after making his permanent move, though starting that 2-0 FA Cup away win at Stoke didn’t help him win a place in the Championship club’s first eleven.

Instead he had to wait on the bench before making five second tier starts late last season, though obviously not doing enough to earn a new contract.

Released by Wolves at the end of June, the former Newcastle defender became a free agent.

On Sunday it has been confirmed that after training with Oxford United to get fit, Mike Williamson has now flown off with the League One club to Portugal with a week of intensive training ahead.

The 33 year old seemingly set to be signed up if he impresses.

Williamson (no disrespect but…) somehow survived six years at Newcastle United and made 150 league appearances, somebody who gave 100% effort but was never good enough for the Premier League.

Official Oxford United site:

‘Oxford United head for the Algarve today as the U’s continue their pre-season plans with an intensive week of training in Portugal.

After a highly encouraging 3-0 win at Oxford City on Saturday Pep Clotet’s squad fly out for a week that will see them play Championship sides Middlesbrough and Hull City.

It will be a chance for new boys Scott Shearer, Jon Obika and Fiacre Kelleher to get to know their new teammates as team bonding starts to happen and the players can expect some serious hard work on the training pitches throughout the week.

Aaron Martin and Josh Ashby both fly with the squad as they continue their recovery from injury: Martin is ahead of schedule and could play a part in one of the matches.

Saturday’s trialists Josh Smile and Sam Shaban are not present but there is a new face in the travelling party with former Newcastle and Wolves defender Mike Williamson joining the squad.

Williamson, who lives locally, has been training with the U’s to gain fitness and could feature in the games in Portugal.’


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