Carayol signs on for Middlesbrough

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MIDDLESBROUGH boss Tony Mowbray has completed his seventh signing of the summer following the arrival of Mustapha Carayol from Bristol Rovers.

The Gambian-born winger – who turned 23 in June – joins the Teessiders having yesterday penned a three-year deal and he could make his debut at Carlisle United tomorrow night.

Mowbray said: “I’m delighted that he’s agreed to sign for us as there was competition for his signature from within the Championship.

“I see him as young, exciting player who can give us a different dimension and option. I’m looking forward to seeing him perform for us.

“He has played his entire career so far at a lower level but I see the potential for him to be an exciting addition to our squad and I’m sure he will excite the fans and be a player they can enjoy watching.”

Carayol was first spotted by former Boro skipper Paul Ince and he signed him as a trainee at Macclesfield Town.

Ince then took him to MK Dons and further spells at Torquay United and Lincoln City followed before his move to the Memorial Stadium.

He scored four times from 30 appearances last term as Rovers finished mid-table in League Two.

Carayol follows Christian Burgess, George Friend, Grant Leadbitter, Emmanuel Ledesma, Stuart Parnaby and Jonathan Woodgate into the Riverside ahead of the new season.