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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 11 March, 2003, 17:58 GMT
Williams joins Stoke
Stoke City have signed Wimbledon defender Mark Williams to aid their fight against the drop.

Williams, 32, has moved to the Britannia Stadium in a deal until the end of the season.

However, the Northern Ireland international admitted that a longer stay could suit him after contract talks with Wimbledon broke down earlier this season.

He said: "I'm pleased with the move and I'm looking forward to playing in a stadium in front of good fans who get behind the team.

"As soon as I heard of Stoke's interest I was keen.

"The size of club and fan-base attracted me and I wanted to come - hopefully, to help the club stay up," Williams told Stoke's website.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis made his move for the former Chesterfield and Watford central defender after Frazer Richardson was recalled from his loan spell by Leeds United.

Meanwhile, Wimbledon have signed 18-year-old winger Michael Gordon from Arsenal.

Gordon has agreed a deal until the end of next season following a spell on trial.



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