A stetament on Newcastle’s web-site has cleared up some confusion today, as some local papers were saying this morning he was at Newcastle on loan.
Mike Williamson – proud to be a Newcastle player
It turns out that Newcastle completed the permanent transfer of Mike Williamson on a three-and-a-half-year deal from Portsmouth, and last night the club had arranged an emergency loan arrangement, so Mike could play during Wednesday night’s tough 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at St. James’ Park.
It’s a good job they did that too, since Mike was the Man of the Match last night – so the club comes out of this looking good – for a change.
Williamson applied the finishing touches to his Newcastle move on Thursday morning, and he is just delighted to be in Toon.
The 26-year-old said:
“I’m delighted to get my move all sorted now and just can’t wait for the next game at Leicester.”
“My debut was a special occasion and it couldn’t have gone any better.”
“I’m immensely proud to be a Newcastle United player and this is a very exciting challenge for me.”
“Already I’ve really enjoyed my first few days at the club and I’m looking forward to many more.”
And Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was equally buoyant as he said:
“Mike is a player who is a good age and still has time to develop.”
“We hope this is the perfect platform for him to continue that development and we’ve seen already what he can offer with a very good debut performance.”
“We’re delighted to get him on board and we hope he becomes an important part of our promotion campaign this season.”
It’s only one game we know, but Mike had a great start to his Newcastle career last night, where he looked majestic at the back.
Mike’s been a busy boy today, as he was also interviewed by BBC Newcastle and said:
“The main thing is, performances good or bad, you grind out and get the win,”
“The test for a good team is to grind things out when your back’s against the wall and come away with the points.”
“If we can keep going and push us over the line then it will be a great achievement,”
“Everyone knows this is not where we belong and the unity we’re showing is great to get the club back.”
Seems like Chris Hughton has already had a few talks with this lad, and to his credit Mike seems to have a great attitude and temperament.
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