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The 30-year-old was told he could leave St James' Park in the summer but has battled his way back into the starting XI and played a key role in the Magpies' recent revival

Mike Williamson admits he is enjoying his finest hour at Newcastle and is determined to keep his place in Alan Pardew's side.

Centre-back Williamson was told he could leave St James' Park in pre-season and looked set to be on his way out of the club.

However, a move never materialised and the 30-year-old has started Newcastle's last nine league games, since appearing in September's 3-2 defeat at Everton as a half-time substitute.

The likes of Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye have made the headlines, but Williamson has played a key role in stunning victories against the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham as Newcastle have surged up to seventh in the Premier League.

He told The Northern Echo: "A chance came along for me at Everton, and hopefully people feel as though I've taken it the best I could.

"I've had some good times here, but the last few months have probably been the most enjoyable of all.

"I think the manager knows what he's going to get from me - I defend first and try to keep things tight and organised. That's what I'm about.

"Hopefully it's becoming difficult to drop me because we're winning and defending fairly well.

"I've had some good times here, but the last few months have probably been the most enjoyable of all."

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