Williamson signs new Magpies deal
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Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson signed a new five-and-a-half year contract with the Premier League club today.

Williamson has played a key role in Newcastle's solid start to life back in the English top-flight after last season's promotion from the Championship.

Magpies manager Chris Hughton rates the 27-year-old as one of the finest English central defenders on current form and was delighted to hand him an improved deal.

He has a brilliant attitude and in my opinion has been one of the best English centre-backs in the league this season.
Chris Hughton on Mike Williamson

Hughton said: "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 centre-backs in the league this season."

Former Portsmouth centre-back Williamson added: "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."