Grant Leadbitter hails Middlesbrough move

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FORMER Sunderland midfielder Grant Leadbitter has become Middlesbrough’s first signing of the summer after completing a three-year deal.

The midfielder was out of contract with fellow Championship club Ipswich Town.

The 26-year-old from Fence Houses has wasted no time in expressing his desire to help his new club earn promotion.

He said: “I’m pretty excited.

“I wanted a fresh challenge and when the opportunity to join Middlesbrough came in, I just couldn’t turn it down.

“I just want to play well for Middlesbrough and get the club in the Premier League.”

Leadbitter was at Sunderland before former Ipswich boss Roy Keane took him to Portman Road for £2.6million in the summer of 2009.

In his 116 league appearances across three seasons for Ipswich, he scored 13 goals.

Boro boss Tony Mowbray said: “I am delighted we have managed to sign a player of Grant’s quality, tenacity and competitive edge.

“In my mind, we are signing a player who has matured to have a good understanding of the game.

“Following the loss of Barry Robson, he will ensure that we will retain the competitive experience we need in midfield.”

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