Newcastle United centre half Mike Williamson has extended his loan deal with Wolverhampton Wanderers until January 16, as he looks to cement a place in the Championship side's back four, as in recent weeks first team opportunities have been restricted.
Williamson has been with Wolves since the end of October and has played three times for the Midlands club. But now he is looking to add more games to his belt for the side who are 14th in the league.
Kenny Jackett is delighted
With Wolves needing to bolster at the back, they are quite happy with Williamson staying on longer due to his Premier League experience with the Magpies. Kenny Jackett spoke of his enjoyment at being able to keep the defender for longer.
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He told the club website: "We are delighted that the deal has been extended and that Mike will be with us through a very busy December and Christmas period.
“It is quite even through November, but then there are six games in December including that busy Christmas and we don’t want a situation where we get caught out.
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“In the Middlesbrough game, we were a goal up and doing OK and then had to put a midfield player back into defence.
"It cost us on that particular day, at a time when the performance was going very well. Mike will give us some real competition and allow us to take our time with the players coming back.
“He has brought a lot of experience and physical presence to the back four and to the club and has helped the players around him, at a time when we have had a number of injuries to centre-backs.”
Williamson to push Wolves on
Willliamson will need to use all his experience in the coming weeks to help Wolves push on in the Championship, as they find themselves only six points off the relegation zone.
Since Williamson has come in they have only conceded one goal in the last three games compared to the previous three , where they conceded 9 goals.
Wolves have been inconsistent this year but with a solid performance against Burnley, in which they probably should have won, Kenny Jackett will have been buyoed by his side and the addition of Williamson should further bolster confidence at the Molineux.
Williamson and Wolves will be looking to pick up all three points against former Wolves boss Mick McCarthy's Ipswich, when they travel to Portman Road on Saturday.
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