MIDDLESBROUGH boss Tony Mowbray has hailed the recent form of Seb Hines, who looks set to commit his future to the club.
The 23-year-old has over a year left on his current deal, but Boro are keen to secure him on a longer contract.
The highly-rated central defender is another graduate of Boro’s famed academy and, after suffering injury issues earlier in his career, he has now established himself in the first team.
“We’re delighted with Seb’s contribution,” said Mowbray ahead of tonight’s trip to Ipswich Town.
“He’s a young lad who gets on with the job, basically. He’s great to work with, gives you everything he’s got every game.
“Seb’s still learning his trade, but I’m delighted for him that he’s played so consistently over the past couple of months now and hopeful that he can see the rest of this season through and stay fit.”
Meanwhile, Mowbray has admitted there is nothing he can do if Wolves want to recall Adam Hammill this week.
The winger, who has played six games at the Riverside, is on loan for the rest of the season.
Wolves, however, have a recall option after the first 28 days.
“If Wolves think he can impact on their season and help them stay in the Premier League, that’s their prerogative,” said Mowbray.
“He’s their player. It would benefit us more if he stayed. Adam’s done well for us – he’s brought a different element to the team.”
Barry Robson returns from suspension for the game at Portman Road and Faris Haroun (hamstring) is also back in contention.
Rhys Williams (ankle) and Scott McDonald (knee) remain sidelined.