Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing has signed a new 5-year contract with the club and reveals that he is glad to have done so. The 23-year old England international’s future at the Riverside was in doubt when he drafted in a transfer request through his agent in January but Boro manager Gareth Southgate stopped him from doing so.
Downing signed the contract on Monday after agreeing to do so last week. He says:
I signed a new five-year deal so I am very pleased about it.
It has been a long decision, I had a lot of things to sort out with the club but it is pleasing it is out of the way as we have a lot of big games coming up.
The manager was spot on from day one, he never pushed me gave me time and same with the chairman – I was never under pressure.
Obviously the Liverpool game we played really well and if we keep building on this it is an exciting time for the club and town.
I want to win something. I know I was involved in the Carling Cup final, but I didn’t play.
I want more than that; I want to play in a final. We were unlucky in the Uefa Cup; we were up against a really good team in Sevilla.
But I am really confident about this year that we have got a really good chance.
We have just got to go out and get the result.
So Downing seems to be looking to the future. But somehow you do get the feeling that the Middlesbrough w(h)inger is not going to stay at the Riverside for 5 long years. He is certainly going to try and force himself into a bigger club, maybe Spurs.