Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I WANT TO BE PART OF THIS; Chairman Is a Very Persuasive Man, Says Downing as He Looks Forward to Helping Boro Return to the Premier League Downing's Dream Return

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I WANT TO BE PART OF THIS; Chairman Is a Very Persuasive Man, Says Downing as He Looks Forward to Helping Boro Return to the Premier League Downing's Dream Return

Article excerpt

Byline: Philip Tallentire Boro editor philip.tallentire@eveninggazette.co

Stewart Downing speaking at a press conference to mark his return to his hometown club IAN COOPER STEVE Gibson's plans for Boro convinced Stewart Downing to drop down to the Championship.

The 31-year-old Teessider was formally unveiled by the club at Rockliffe Park yesterday following last week's PS7m move from West Ham and he was quick to praise the chairman and his new head coach Aitor Karanka.

Asked why he decided to move from the Premier League to English football's second level, he said: "I just felt it was good timing, there was no talk of an extension at West Ham so my contact was running down.

"I got a good offer from Middlesbrough to come back so the security of the contract was big for me.

Turn to Pages 54, the Gazette's Downing Where will Aitor See Pages 52,53 "The pull was obviously coming back to my hometown club and the plans the chairman has for the club - the players he's bringing in, I won't say who they are, but some good players are coming in.

"I think there's a really good chance of promotion and I want to be a part of it.

55 for the first of Downing Q&A play Stewie? "After speaking to the manager, he's very happy, he says there are still three or four (players) to come in and we are going to have a right good go this season because with the money we are spending and the players we are bringing in that has to be the aim." There's no doubt the England international could have had his pick of Premier League clubs if he'd decided to stay in the top tier.

Sunderland tabled a bid with West Ham but the player made it clear he had set his heart on returning home once he'd spoken to the chairman.

And, if Gibson's plans come to fruition, Boro fans could enjoy the mouthwatering prospect of Downing setting up chances for Uruguay striker Christian Stuani and Blackburn hitman Jordan Rhodes. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.