It was all smiles at Hurworth yesterday as Boro’s four new signings were seated at the top table before the media. A mixture of experience and rich potential could the four contain the missing ingredients from last term to push on back towards the Premier?
Boro boss Tony Mowbray yesterday expressed his delight at Boro’s four new signings as they were paraded for the media at the Hurworth training ground. He was keen to point out that they are quality players but also quality human beings that can make a big, positive impact from day one on those around them at the training ground. Mowbray was also quick to add that the four could make all the difference as we strive for promotion.
Boro boss Tony Mowbray looked a pleased and contented man as he sat with his four new players in the press room at Hurworth. I’ve not seen the place so full for years as it was crammed full of representatives from national as well as local tv, radio and newspapers. And me..
This is all a positive sign I think of how much interest these four new signings have brought to Boro. Furthermore, the acquisitions of Grant Leadbitter, Stuart Parnaby, Jonathan Woodgate and Emanuel Ledesma have been realised without breaking the bank, Mowbray wanted to push out that point. But they have signalled the ambition of the club to climb a few rungs further up the ladder from last season’s 7th place finish.
But Mowbray was also keen to add that we might expect more new faces before the big kick off in August.
I taped a few of the questions and answers for you:
Q: Are you pleased to have secured the four new signings?
TM: I think we are obviously delighted with the quality of the footballer. But just as important for me the personality and the quality of the human being we have brought in as well I would like to say. It is good that they are in early and that they are making an impact from day one in pre-season. And out there when they are all doing hard work their characters are a little bit more open and obvious to see when you are pushing them to the boundaries. But yes delighted.
I think there will be more additions before the ball starts rolling in August 11th for us against Bury but I’m just delighted that we have got some good footballers and some good people. Good players win football matches. That has got to be our aim this year. We have got to try and win games, be at the right end of the table again, be very competitive in what is always a hard league. Some teams are spending money and going for it. And I would like to think that we will be in there with a good shout.
Q: Three of the signings have very strong North East connections. Is that important that they understand about what is required here?
TM: Yes I think so. I have always talked about Teesside and Middlesbrough being like an island in the UK. And I think people have an understanding of what north east football fans are about and what their expectations and demands are. It’s good that Jonathan, Grant and Stuart have got that knowledge from day one. The demands are always high when you play for any of the north east teams. We are striving to get back to the Premier League to get back on a level par with our north east neighbours and we will be giving it our best shot this year.
Q: You mentioned how strong the Championship is both in terms of the strength of teams but also financially. How well equipped do you think are to cope on both fronts?
TM: Well I think we are still going through a slight adjustment with the finances but I think the signings sitting at this table show that you don’t have to spend millions and millions of pounds to bring good quality footballers into your club and we can draw on their experience and quality in the position they play on the pitch to help push forward from last year. Our last year, for a long, long spell was progress for us and as in every football club you want continual improvement and we are striving to improve on 7th we will give ourselves a chance to get out of the league this year.