Tomlin eyes Middlesbrough impact

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LEE Tomlin wants to play his part as Middlesbrough look to sneak into the Championship play-offs by the end of the season.

But the January transfer window arrival – who is serving a three-match suspension – is ready to bide his time, following his arrival from League One club Peterborough United.

“Everything has happened so quickly that I suppose not playing straight away will give me chance to settle in,” said the on-loan 25-year-old, who watched from the sidelines as Boro played out a dour 0-0 draw at Doncaster last weekend.

“I’ve moved up here and I’m straight into a new club so there’s a lot going on but it’s just annoying at the minute. I’d have liked to come and get involved straight away.

“I suppose on the other side I can get a step back and concentrate on training and getting things in order.

“It has been very easy to settle in, they are a good bunch of lads and I know a few of them anyway.

“This club is trying to get back where it should be and I hope to be able to help them do that. You can tell as soon as you walk in what sort of club this is.”

Leicester-born Tomlin, who had a stint at Rushden & Diamonds before moving to Posh, added: “Moving here is another step in the right direction for me in my career.

“I heard a while back there was interest, but I just kept my head down and got on with playing. It is a wrench to leave Peterborough, I got on well with everybody down there, but moving on is part and parcel of the game these days.”

Meanwhile, on-loan Sunderland striker Danny Graham is relishing the chase as Boro look to close the nine-point gap to the play-offs.

“The gap has widened but you know what the Championship is like, anyone can beat anyone,” said Graham.

“We were disappointed not to come away with three points at Doncaster, we feel we have the quality in the dressing room to win games like that.”

Graham left Boro in 2007, joining Carlisle before moving on to Watford, Swansea and Sunderland.

“I’m a different player. I think it was the right time for me to leave the Boro then, there were big players in front of me,” he added.

“But it’s great to be back and I want to be part of the squad until the end of the season and try and push up the league.

“I’m on loan to the end of the season, that’s all I know. I just want to concentrate on football, play as well as I can and help out the lads.”

Boro host Blackburn Rovers at the Riverside on Saturday before Graham faces a return to Vicarage Road to face his former club, Watford.