Speaking to The Northern Echo after last night’s 2-1 win over Swansea City, Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock spoke highly of match winner Duncan Watmore.

Watmore arrived on a free transfer in November following his release from boyhood club and Middlesbrough’s local rivals Sunderland.

He has only arrived a short-term deal, keeping him at the club until January 2021, but Boro boss Neil Warnock confirmed he had turned down lucrative offers from overseas to join up with the Teessiders.

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“Duncan’s a gem of a lad,” said Warnock after the victory. “He’s come in, and even though we didn’t pay him for a few weeks he wanted to come here.

“He got good offers financially to go away to all sorts of places – he could have gone to India or South Africa – but he loved it here. It was great to give him a short-term deal.”

Warnock praised Watmore’s ability and his work rate in the win, claiming that only he could have scored the opening goal the way he did.

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“There’s probably only him in our team that would have scored the goal. It’s not easy going through like that. All credit to him, I thought he worked his socks off.”

The Boro boss was also quizzed on whether Watmore would be signing a contract extension to keep him at the club after his contract comes to an end in January.

“It’s only one game,” he said. “Let’s wait and see a little bit. He was the type of player we were looking at, that’s why I asked about him. We haven’t got anyone like that.”