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.”
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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.”
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