Grant Leadbitter signs for Middlesbrough and targets Premier League

FORMER Ipswich Town captain Grant Leadbitter has completed his move to Championship rivals Middlesbrough.

Leadbitter turned down the chance to sign a new deal at Ipswich at the end of last season – becoming a free agent having signed in September 2009 for �2.6 million.

As widely expected, the midfielder has now linked up with former Town play-off hero Tony Mowbray, signing a three-year deal at the Riverside.

The 26-year-old said: “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.”

Mowbray added: “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.”