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Newcastle defender Williamson: Biggest opportunity of career

Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson admits their Premiership campaign is the biggest opportunity he's had in football.

It is a far cry from his days as a player with Torquay and Wycombe in the lower divisions.

Former Watford defender Williamson told the Evening Chronicle: "This is my biggest opportunity to date.

"I want to be as fit and strong as possible for the opening day of the season to make sure I have the best possible chance of getting into the starting XI.

"I enjoyed the break, but you always look forward to getting back into the day-to-day training and seeing the boys.

"It has just carried on from last season - everyone is buzzing and looking forward to the kick-off.

"Everyone has come back in good shape and is looking forward to the week in Ireland."

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