Middlesbrough announced the signing of former-Sunderland winger Duncan Watmore yesterday and the new arrival has given his first interview as a Boro player to the club’s official website.

Watmore was released from his boyhood club Sunderland in the summer following a string of injuries and has joined up with local rivals Middlesbrough on a free transfer.

Upon signing, the former-England Under-21 international spoke openly about his previous weeks training with the club and how excited he was to finally get started.

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“I’m delighted,” said Watmore. “I’ve really enjoyed training, it’s a great group of lads here, and I’m excited for the weeks ahead now.

“I’ve been really impressed by the set-up. It’s a brilliant club.”

The 26-year old also spoke about Boro boss Neil Warnock, as well as confirming that there was interest from other clubs before signing for the Teessiders.

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“He’s been very honest and I’m really looking forward to working under him,” said the new signing.

“He’s a been a big name in the game for a long time now.

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“There were some offers here and there and different options, but I was most excited for this one. It just felt right. There’s so many things going for this club and I’m excited to be a part of it.

“I feel in a really good place. I feel sharp. Game sharpness is different to training sharpness, but I feel like I can make an impact on games. I just want to get on the pitch and show what I can do.”