Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hasselbaink Excited by Challenge at Boro

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hasselbaink Excited by Challenge at Boro

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Byline: By Damian Spellman

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink completed his move to Middlesbrough then warned the Barclays Premiership's defenders there are still plenty of goals left in his lethal boots.

The 32-year-old has clinched a two-year deal at Boro after having his contract paid up by former club Chelsea and has set his sights on firing the Teessiders into the upper reaches of the table.

Coming just 24 hours after Mark Viduka was unveiled as the club's second signing of the week, Hasselbaink's arrival is being touted as the solution to the lack of goals which has cost Boro in recent years.

And the Dutchman, who has a proven track record in the Premiership with both Leeds and Chelsea, is ready to shake off the frustration of Claudio Ranieri's tinkering to prove himself all over again in the North-East.

"I still have a lot to achieve," he said. "I have to prove myself here as well ( I don't think I can live on things that I've done in the past.

"They would want me to do more or less the same or even better, so I'm going to be under pressure. But that's what I like and I'm up for it. I'm ready for the challenge."

The arrivals of Adrian Mutu and Hernan Crespo at Chelsea last summer pitched the Dutchman and Eidur Gudjohnsen into a scrap for places, although ironically, the Blues often looked more dangerous with the two paired together. However, Hasselbaink is looking to the future rather than the past as he contemplates a new start.

"What happened at Chelsea is in the past," he said. "We don't need to talk about that.

"Chelsea is a very special club for me and I've got many friends there. I left on good terms and I wish them the best.

"It was, for me, time to go, but I hope they will wish me the best as well, and I think they will.

"When I play for Middlesbrough, I hope we go and beat them. The only thing I can say is that I hope they do well ( only not against Middlesbrough.

"I'm just happy and delighted to get this opportunity, happy to come and play for Middlesbrough and happy just to be one of the boys who are going to try to beat every opponent. …

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