Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

TIME'S UP FOR THOMMO; Boro Boss Explains Scot's Departure

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

TIME'S UP FOR THOMMO; Boro Boss Explains Scot's Departure

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Byline: PHILIP TALLENTIRE

TONY Mowbray admits Kevin Thomson's Boro career was blighted by injuries.

The Scottish midfielder has parted company with the club by mutual consent with 18 months remaining on his current contract.

He cost Boro PS2m when he was signed from Rangers in July 2010. Thomson was part of Gordon Strachan's tartan transfer frenzy that also saw Aussie Scott McDonald and Scots Barry Robson, Stephen McManus and Kris Boyd move down south from north of the border on hefty contracts.

TONY MOWBRAY: all concerned The experiment failed, however, with Strachan resigning in October 2010 after Boro dropped to within two points of the bottom three and he was replaced by Mowbray.

Thomson, who failed to score a competitive goal for the club, never achieved a consistent run in the first team after suffering a succession of injuries. He started 18 league games out of 46 in 2010/11, 10 out of 46 last season and five out of 28 in the current campaign with his final appearance coming at Leicester two weeks ago.

Ironically, the 28-year-old is fit and ready to play at the present time, but hasn't been a central part of Mowbray's first team plans for some time.

"We wish Kevin well in his future career," the Boro boss told the Gazette.

"It's a shame but it just didn't work out for him at Middlesbrough. He couldn't get a long run in the side due to injury after injury.

"I've known him since he played for me at Hibernian when he was a very promising young player. I obviously didn't sign him for Middlesbrough but knew what he was capable of.

"Unfortunately, he wasn't able to get the opportunity to show what he could do over a long period of time.

"So the club and the player have collectively taken the decision that it's best for all concerned if he moves on.

"Hopefully he will find a club as soon as Best for possible and get himself back out on a football pitch."

It looked for a while that Marvin Emnes might be leaving Boro yesterday when Swansea accepted the club's player plus cash offer for unsettled striker Danny Graham.

However, the 27-year-old Geordie had set his heart in joining Sunderland and he signed a four and a half year contract with the Wearside club yesterday afternoon. …

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