Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

NICK'S GOAL; Bailey Aims for Double Figure Target: New Boy Is Eager to Make Mark

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

NICK'S GOAL; Bailey Aims for Double Figure Target: New Boy Is Eager to Make Mark

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Byline: ERIC PAYLOR

NICKY Bailey has already set himself a double figure goals target as he gets to grips with life back in the Championship.

The 26-year-old goalscoring midfielder trained with Boro for the first time today after finally completing his pounds 1m-plus move from Charlton Athletic last night.

Bailey, who has signed a three-year contract, said: "I''m very happy to be here and I couldn't wait to start training today.

"I'm sure I will settle in quickly and hopefully I'll do well here.

"I always look to score as many goals as I can but if I''m not the one scoring the goals and the strikers are, I''m going to be just as happy.

"As long as we get promoted it doesn''t really matter who scores.

"But I always set myself a target of ten goals and if I can get that as early as possible I can build from there.

"I like to play with a lot of energy, I put myself about putting in tackles and I'm sure that's what the club is looking for from me as well.

"I''ll work as hard as I can for the team and get in the box and try to score goals as well."

Hammersmith-born Bailey scored 25 league goals in his two seasons with Charlton after joining them from Southend United.

In all, he has scored 51 goals in 221 league games for Barnet, Southend and Charlton.

As skipper of the Addicks, Bailey was one of their prized assets.

But Charlton's failure to win promotion from League One last season - Bailey missed a spot kick in the penalty shoot out decider against Swindon - led to them reluctantly deciding to sell.

The transfer to Boro has dragged on for a couple of weeks as the two clubs worked towards dotting the i's and crossing the t's on the deal.

So Bailey was relieved when it was finally put to bed last night.

He said: "I was away in Brazil in the summer and my agent rang me and said there were a few clubs interested in me and Middlesbrough was one of them.

"I was allowed to speak to them and the manager put the club over to me in a good way and I''ve been looking to come ever since then.

"I was getting a bit worried the other day because nothing seemed to be happening. …

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