Wolverhampton Wanderers have extended the loan spell of Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson until the new year.
Williamson joined the Championship side on an initial one-month loan deal in October and has made three league appearances so far.
Wolves currently sit 14th in the second tier and travel to Ipswich Town on Saturday.
The two clubs have now agreed to extend his temporary stay, to potentially include a further 11 Sky Bet Championship fixtures up to and including the visit of Cardiff City.
Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett said: “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 a situation where we get caught out.
“In the Middlesbrough game we were a goal up and doing okay and then had to put a midfield player back into defence which 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.”
Newcastle are keen for their fringe players out on loan to get some much-needed game time and the club are happy to let Williamson extend his spell.
Head coach Steve McClaren said: "“These players need game time.
"You know, Willo (Mike Williamson) too. I think the main thing is we’re concentrating on what players we have here and what players we need here.”
Williamson will stay at Wolves until January 16, 2016.