Former £2 million Portsmouth buy, and Newcastle United star, Mike Williamson has been released on a free by Oxford United.

The Stoke-on-Trent born 34-year-old has hit the heights of Europe and the Europa League with Newcastle United but now finds himself at the crossroads after being released by League One Oxford United.

Williamson first made his way in English football with Torquay United, graduating into first-team reckoning in July 2001, before Southampton took a chance and paid a fee of around £135,000 to secure his signature in November 2001.

The rangy central defender was loaned back to Torquay for a month between September-November 2003, eventually moving on to Wycombe Wanderers on a free transfer at the opening of the summer transfer window in July 2004.

His first ‘big money’ move came when Watford paid Wycombe £250,000 for his services at the start on January 2009, Williamson then moving to Portsmouth for a fee of just over £2 million a mere eight months later.

After just FIVE Under-21 appearances for Pompey, Williamson moved on to Newcastle United in January 2010, and it was at the Toon that he made his name. He featured in 171 games for the Magpies, scoring twice and providing five assists, with seven of these 171 appearances being in the Europa League.

He left Newcastle for Championship side Wolves at the end of January 2016, featuring just 11 times for the Black Country side before moving on to Oxford on a free transfer at the end of July 2017.

This season at the Kassam Stadium, the much-travelled defender has featured in just 14 League Two appearances for The Us, as well as featuring in two Checkatrade trophy and one FA Cup ties.

However, his release from Oxford United means that Mike Williamson is now on the market and looking for another side.

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