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Williamson joins Pompey

Mike Williamson has been confirmed on The Pompey Site as our latest signing.

The defender has arrived from Watford for an undisclosed amount, 'said' to be around £3m, signing a 4-year contract.

Paul Hart is happy with the signing: 'he's a young, hungry centre-half, a big lad who's uncompromising and does the basics first.

'We've watched him play and he's shown great promise which hopefully he will build on under our guidance.

'We were a centre-half short before Sylvain Distin left but now we have Tal Ben-Haim and Mike Williamson.

'We signed Ben-Haim to fill a role and Mike has come here to prove himself as a front-line player.'

Many said that they wanted a couple of central defenders to arrive, so in Tal Ben Haim and Williamson we have this so how can we be unhappy?

We have strength in-depth in this area now - which was a must.

Younes Kaboul and Ben Haim will be the first choice pairing but in Williamson, Aaron Mokoena, The Herminator, Marc Wilson and Joel Ward - although I expect him to go out on loan - to name but a few, we have plenty to chose from and these will do a job.

I am sure that in the long-term, and now when called up - and I do not think he will be a regular week-in-week-out this season - he will do a fine job so lets not write off Williamson before he has a chance to show what he can do eh!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 1 2009

Time: 4:51PM

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3m is a lot of money.. Will he be a first teamer from the off ?
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01/09/2009 16:54:00

yea 3m is a stupid amount, either he'a alot better than we think or we've been had... again, look forward to seing him play
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01/09/2009 17:03:00

Has a lot to live up to but he is English and relatively young! Ex Southampton might not help him though. He was at Wycombe Wanderers this time last year.
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01/09/2009 17:07:00

watford Vital has given him a right going over...very snide... i have to say i am happy with the look of the team Krackedjar was initially a disappointment after his good show against MCFC -for the Telly I suppose.
plymouth graham
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01/09/2009 18:29:00

James Herman Kaboul Ben Finnan Belhadj Brown Diop/Ohara/Basinas Smith Piqqii Dindane
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01/09/2009 22:26:00

3 is alot some may suspect, but if we manage to get a good player out of him in the next year or so, that would be great. If Hart is happy, I am happy.
Pompey Malta
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02/09/2009 00:42:00

I suppose 3m from Watford suggests they rate him... but then I worry why other teams around us weren't in for that sort of money and whether it wasn't better spent up front.....
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02/09/2009 17:23:00

Still very young for a c/back, could prove to be a good investment
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02/09/2009 19:22:00

Wycombe fan here. This guy is quality. Very solid and decent ball player. (On the down side i may be mistaken but i think Wycombe took him from South***ton). [Sorry about the swearing!]
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03/09/2009 07:19:00


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