Newcastle's Mike Williamson will add 'quality and experience' to Wolves defence

Mike Williamson
Mike Williamson

Mike Williamson is "excited" about the chance to get back on the pitch with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Newcastle United defender today joined the Championship club on a one-month emergency loan.

And Williamson will make his Wolves debut against West Midlands rivals Birmingham City at St Andrews on Saturday.

The club turned to Williamson – who has made just two Capital One Cup appearances for Newcastle this season – amid a defensive injury crisis at Molineux.

“With the injury problems we have at the back, we are delighted to have brought in an experienced player like Mike," said Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett.

“Although he hasn’t had much game time this season, he has been training all the time and is itching to get back into first team football and the opportunity at Wolves is a good one.

“It works both ways, and we are very pleased to have him at a time when defensively we have been leaking goals and have been short of defenders.

“Recognised experienced defenders have been at a premium so we are delighted to add Mike to the group and believe he complements the players that we have here.”

Head of football development and recruitment Kevin Thelwell said: “All the reports we have had on Mike have been really good, both on and off the pitch.

“He was keen to come, wants to do well and is excited about the opportunity of playing in a derby on Saturday.

“He is going to bring a lot of experience and a lot of quality to our back four.

“You are always looking at players and talking to people about availability for situations like this, and it can be really difficult to get clubs to let players out.

“Clubs in the Premier League are often nervous about letting players out on loan in case they get an injury, so while we can all see players who aren’t involved with their clubs, it is not necessarily the case that they are available.

“To be able to bring Mike in with all of his experience and playing record is something we are really pleased with.”

Williamson has made 171 appearances for Newcastle since joining the club in January 2010.