Mike Williamson wants to stay at Wolves

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Mike Williamson has opened up on his Wolves future, declaring: "I want to stay."

The 33-year-old centre-half is out of contract at Molineux this summer and he's currently in the dark on whether he will be offered new terms.

The £200,000 signing from Newcastle has played only nine games since joining in January 2016 owing to injury, but he's highly regarded by boss Paul Lambert and played a starring role in Monday's 1-0 win at Leeds.

Williamson said of next season: "I'd love to be here. I really think it's an exciting place to be and a good group of players. It's been incredibly frustrating because I've not got started yet.

"I'd like the opportunity for the last few games and going forward next season to show the fans what I'm about over a prolonged period of time.

"Everyone's been focused on winning games and securing this, so it's up in the air. (Paul Lambert) has generally said across the board we've all got meetings at the end of the season."

Williamson missed 14 months of action with a troublesome hamstring/tendon problem. This is the first time in his career he's been at the end of a season not knowing what his future holds, but he's desperate to stay with Wolves ahead at what he thinks is an exciting time for the club.

"I 100 per cent want to be part of it," he added. "I was speaking to some of the lads and the thought of myself never playing in the Premier League again disheartens me. That's still my goal and still my aim at 33 years-old.

"I feel like I've got a lot more to give. Fitness-wise, barring this period, I've not really struggled in my career. I feel like the year out is an extra year on the end of my playing career, effectively.


"It's a young squad and that's what makes it exciting.

"The manager's had enough time to assess what he needs, the areas that need strengthening. I think the blend of youth we've got here is fantastic.

"It's been a good couple of months barring two defeats.

"It's all about our mindset and mentality, building and keeping our standards going into next season, which is going to be a promising one.


"This group is young but it's hungry and got a lot of talent it in. I do think it needs a couple of additions to help out in certain areas.

"There's youth and experience there. The higher the benchmark, tactically, technically, the more chance this club has of getting to the Premier League.

"Instead of adding volume it's about adding quality. The manager's had some time to figure out who he wants here. Summer recruitment with new owners, I really think the manager's starting to shift the mentality of the whole club, slowly but surely."

Starting with today's visit of Blackburn Rovers there are four games left this season.

Lambert wants to finish as high up the table as possible. As for Williamson – he just wants to play matches.

"I'm desperate to play games," he added. "I've been fit for a while now. I played against Rotherham, in the first game of the winning run, and the manager said Saturday-Tuesday might be too much after a long lay off, which I completely agree with. The lads just went from strength to strength.

"It was good to see and great to be around, but yes frustrating on a personal note that I'd like to get more games.

"I want to get a good pre-season under my belt and see what happens. There's a lot more fitness that I need to improve on.

"Coming back after a year and trying to get fit in the middle of the season is a difficult thing.

"I'll be a lot sharper and fitter once I get a good foundation and pre-season. I want to play every game and that'll never change.

"For me, if I focus on getting fit then that's it. I've got a lot to offer. It's easy saying that, so it's about proving it."

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