Woody back at Boro.
Jonathan Woodgate is back at the Riverside after agreeing a three-year contract today with his hometown club.
The former England centre-half is excited about launching his second spell with Boro following his £7m capture from Real Madrid in 2007.
“The pull of helping Boro back in the Premier League is very strong for me,” said 32-year-old Woodgate, who saw regular action with Premier League Stoke City last season. “And from what I have seen of the current squad, I think it’s achievable.
“Tony Mowbray explained his plans for next season and how he is building a team that wants to get back in the Premier League as soon as possible. I want to be part of that and if we can achieve promotion in my time here it will be a fantastic way to end my career.
“Tony also likes his teams to play football the right way, and that was also a big plus point for me. It’s just a great feeling to come back to this football club.”
SOURCE: Middlesborough official website
Are we at Caughtoffside the only people that think Middlesborough have taken leave of their senses by offering Jonathan Woodgate a THREE-YEAR deal?
Not only is the the former Real Madrid centre-half 32-years-old but he is one of the most injury-prone players in history.
Admittedly, Stoke boss Tony Pulis managed to get regular game time out of Woodgate last season, with the defender making 17 Premier League appearances for the Potters.
But Prior to joining Stoke, he had nearly two years at Tottenham in which he barely made an appearance. It is hard to see the ex England star carrying on for another three years.
That said, Woody may well do the decent thing and retire if he feels his body isn’t up to the task.
But the alternative could see Boro with an injury-prone and money-sapping asset on their books for the next three seasons. It is certainly a gamble from Tony Mowbray.
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