Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Saville: 'Boro Are a Massive Club with Huge Ambition'

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Saville: 'Boro Are a Massive Club with Huge Ambition'

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Byline: DOMINIC SHAW dominic.shaw@reachplc.com @DOMSHAWGAZETTE

GEORGE Saville says the opportunity to move to Middlesbrough was too good to turn down.

And the Boro new boy is looking forward to starting work under his "effective" new boss Tony Pulis.

Saville is yet to meet his new teammates, having headed off on international duty soon after finally putting the finishing touches to his switch from Millwall on the last day of the loan window last week.

The 25-year-old has initially joined Boro on loan but that move will become permanent in January, for a fee reported to be in the region of PS7m - a record sale for the Lions.

Pulis identified Saville as a target earlier in the summer and Boro had a bid knocked back for the former Chelsea youth player at the end of July.

But Boro chiefs didn't give up on the goalscoring midfielder, a player who Pulis has monitored from afar in recent years, and got the deal over the line last week.

"At this stage it's a fantastic move for myself personally and one I'm really looking forward to," Saville told the BBC while away on international duty with Northern Ireland.

"My very first loan move was Millwall so it's been a move that's been really good for me and my career, but at this stage of my career and the interest Middlesbrough showed in me, I couldn't turn it down."

While Saville has not yet had chance to settle into his new surroundings on Teesside, being away on international duty has presented the opportunity to pick the brains of Jonny Evans and Gareth McAuley, two players who have played for Pulis in the past.

On his new boss, Saville said: "The style of play is not like the fantastic football Manchester City will play but he is effective and he knows how to win football matches in the Championship.

"That's what it is about - getting out of the league. …

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