, ‘Hopefully’ – Middlesbrough man provides stance on his future with contract up in the summer

‘Hopefully’ – Middlesbrough man provides stance on his future with contract up in the summer

Middlesbrough midfielder Jonny Howson has previously said he doesn’t wish to retire next season, but has now expressed his desire to remain at his current club, in an interview with Teesside Live.

Middlesbrough are 10th in the table and their hopes of reaching the play-offs look to be getting away from them with each passing week, especially considering the form of the sides above them.

Attentions could soon turn towards the summer and those approaching the end of their contracts. Not only defender Paddy McNair and goalkeepers Jamie Jones and Liam Roberts, but club captain Howson’s deal is up in June too.

Perhaps the central midfielder should be the priority considering his playing time being significantly higher than the aforementioned trio. Speaking to Teesside Live, the 35-year-old once again expressed his desire to continue playing and not hang up his boots, before specifying that he does wish to remain at the Riverside Stadium.

If I want to play on as long as possible, I have to give myself the best chance of doing that and hopefully we’re here in another year or two years asking the same questions,” said Howson.

“Whenever you spend a bit of time in a certain place, and I’ve been very fortunate throughout my career, I’m only on my third professional club – from my point of view, I’ve built strong relationships with everyone involved, whether that be the fans, different managers etc. you obviously have emotions and attachments to the place and you care about the place,” he said later.

“I’ve spoken in the past, I’d love to be part of this club getting promoted because when I came here that was the aim and we’ve still not achieved that, so that is a disappointment. While I’m here, I won’t stop trying to do that.

Howson will likely continue in the side when Middlesbrough resume Championship action on Good Friday. They face fellow top six hopefuls Southampton at St. Mary’s.

Unfinished business at Middlesbrough

Howson seems determined to remain at the club in the hopes of achieving promotion. At his previous sides Leeds United and Norwich City he has done this, but a Middlesbrough promotion has proved illusive.

Being club captain, he will look to continue in this role and for good reason. Michael Carrick is implementing his style on the Boro team with strong success. A play-off place last season and a Carabao Cup semi-final this season show this.

Howson should be offered a new deal. He has proven his worth and given he is still such a strong part of the team he deserves an additional one-year contract, or even two years if all parties see fit.

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