Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Harrison Has No Regrets over 'Rushed' Boro Move

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Harrison Has No Regrets over 'Rushed' Boro Move

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

JACK Harrison admits his decision to join Middlesbrough on loan last season was "rushed" but he doesn't regret it, despite hardly featuring for Tony Pulis's side.

The winger became Pulis's first signing when he joined on loan at the end of the January window but went on to make just four appearances and only played 49 minutes for Boro, that despite the fact the side was clearly short of options on the flank.

It came as no surprise whatsoever that the loan move wasn't made permanent in the summer, with Harrison instead joining Leeds United. There, he's played much more of a central role under Marcelo Bielsa and has been able to get to grips with life in the English second tier.

Manchester City wanted Harrison to benefit from regular first-team football after they signed him from New York City before he made the loan switch to Boro in January.

The 21-year-old has now admitted that the move to Boro was rushed, but still feels his time on Teesside was beneficial.

"When I first came to England in February, maybe it was a little too rushed," said the wide-man.

"We didn't take everything into consideration, so we made sure we did this time around and I'm happy to be here (at Leeds)."

Harrison says his time at Boro helped him develop as a player off the pitch and also suggests that Tony Pulis's style of play wasn't for him.

Asked whether his time at Boro was frustrating, Harrison said: "Probably a little bit but I did learn a lot about how to handle myself off the pitch when things are not quite going your way.

"I still learned a lot from my time there despite not playing as much as I'd have liked, and I'm happy I had that experience because it helped me grow as a player off the pitch as well.

"I learnt a lot while I was there, but it also helped me learn that the next loan move would be important and having that style of play would be crucial for that decision making as well. …

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