Newcastle United signed Mike Williamson for just £1M in late January from Portsmouth, and he has proven to be a tremendous signing for the Tyneside club.
Mike Williamson – signs contract through June, 2016
The Newcastle Board finally seems to be doing some things right at the club, and it’s good to see them moving quickly to tie up Mike until the summer of 2016 – over a five and a half year deal for Mike – but the lad’s earned it.
We remember Mike’s very first game for Newcastle last January, and after a harrowing time trying to get the transfer through (Portsmouth still owed his former club Watford some transfer money), he was nevertheless still Newcastle’s best player .
And that game turned out to be the only game Mike played for Newcastle while he was on loan, and shortly after actually signed on at Newcastle.
We beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Wednesday night, 27th January, and Williamson never put a foot wrong, and was our Man of the Match on our site, with 55% of the vote.
So that was a good start, but he’s been just as good since then, and although he’s had one or two difficult moments this season in the higher standards of the Premier League, he continues to improve, and has put in some great performances for the Newcastle United club.
Given that he’s also a terrific guy, we are delighted the club have moved to tie down this player until he’s 32 years old.
This is what Mike said today on the main Newcastle web site:
“Playing in the Premier League with a club like Newcastle has been a dream for me, and I was delighted to agree a new contract to continue doing that until 2016.”
“I’ve played in the lower leagues before, so to get the opportunity to play at St. James’ Park every other week – and grounds like The Emirates and Old Trafford – is fantastic for me.”
“Me and my family have settled here quickly and it’s great to know that we’ll be staying here for a long time to come.”
Chris Hughton seems a big fan of Mike’s, and he was glowing after the signing as the Newcastle manager remarked:
“Mike has been outstanding for us since he came here. He was somebody who I tracked for a while before we got him, and he has perhaps exceeded even the expectations we had of him.”
“He has a brilliant attitude and in my opinion has been one of the best English center-backs in the league this season.”
“And I thoroughly believe that his best years are yet to come, so we’re thrilled to have agreed the new contract.”
It must be comforting for a professional player to sign a long term contract like Mike’s, because it gives a little bit of stability to the player and his young family, and they know they can stay at Newcastle at least through 2016, all being well.
And it certainly seems the Newcastle Board are backing their manager Chris Hughton, on the players he wants to keep long term on Tyneside, and now we have to hope a certain Steven Taylor will also shortly signs along the dotted line too.
Mike has played 32 times for the Magpies, and now he’ll have to fight for his place back, after serving two more games on suspension, with both Sol Campbell and Steven Taylor having very good first league games of the season against Chelsea.
But hey, that’s the name of the game when you are building up a good squad – competition for places.