Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I Want to Win Things ( Parlour

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I Want to Win Things ( Parlour

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Byline: By Jack Pickering

Ray Parlour has admitted he would not have turned his back on Arsenal and another crack at topping the pile both at home and in Europe if he did not think he could add to his medal collection at Middlesbrough.

The 31-year-old England international completed a free transfer to Teesside by signing a three-year deal yesterday and set his sights on helping Steve McClaren's side to build upon last season's Carling Cup.

Parlour, whose list of honours includes three Premiership titles and four FA Cup wins, revealed there were other suitors as it became apparent he would be allowed to leave Highbury, but it was Boro's ambition and potential which attracted him.

"That's one of the reasons why I came," he said. "I haven't come here to be in mid-table and just be happy to play. Any player who you ask comes to clubs to win things.

"It was a big step last year, winning the Carling Cup, and we can build on that. This club has got a great following, it's a massive club and I'm sure in time, they will win more trophies and finish higher in the league." Parlour became McClaren's fourth summer signing after the arrivals of Michael Reiziger, Mark Viduka and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, and with the Teessiders still hopeful of persuading Bolo Zenden to return to the Riverside Stadium, they have embarked on a major push to make their mark in the Barclays Premiership and, for the first time, the Uefa Cup.

The Romford-born midfielder believes they can do just that, saying: "It's a very, very good squad they've got together now. They've made some great signings in the summer.

"We've got some good firepower up there with Mark Viduka and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, the midfield looks after itself and there are some very good, experienced players at the back in Gareth Southgate and Ugo Ehiogu, so the team is there, and I think we can do very well this year.

"They've got to blend together and play as a team, and hopefully we can do that and have a fine season. …

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