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DEFENDER TO SIGN FOR CITY.

Byline: By TERRY PHILLIPS South Wales Echo

Darren Williams, Sunderland's longest-serving player, is due to sign for Cardiff City today. The former England B international will go straight into the Bluebirds team for Saturday's Coca-Cola Championship clash with Wolves at Molineux.

'Williams is on his way down to Cardiff for a medical today and I hope he will sign tomorrow,' said City manager Lennie Lawrence.

'We are also looking to bring in a second new player in time for the match at Wolves.'

Middlesbrough-born Williams, 27, played a key role as Sunderland won the Division One championship and promotion to the Premiership in 1999.

He has played almost 250 first team matches for Sunderland since joining the Black Cats from York for pounds 50,000.

Williams, also a former England under-21 international, is Sunderland's last player link to their days at Roker Park, before the move to a new stadium.

He is a tough tackler, with a turn of pace, who can play anywhere along the back four and captained Sunderland in their final match of last season.

Williams also has the experience and know-how City are looking for as they set out to steady a dismal season.: Darren Williams:Born: Middlesbrough. Date of birth: April 28, 1977. Age: Club honours: Division One title, 1999. International honours: England B - 1; England under-21 - 2. Clubs: York City (from trainee, June 1996) 24+5sub/1 goal. Sunderland (pounds 50,000 in 1996):
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Date:Sep 22, 2004
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