Hines eyes Boro stay

Defender flattered by interest

Hines: Set for talks

Middlesbrough starlet Seb Hines insists he would like to stay with the club.

Hines is out-of-contract at the end of the season, and recently has been linked with Everton and Bolton.

Hines has been beset by injury problems, but the 22-year-old is now back to full fitness and battled his way into Tony Mowbray's first-team plans.

The England youth international admits he is flattered by potential interest in him.

"I don't know what I can say when things like that are reported. It is just nice to know that there are teams watching me again because I have had a hard time with injury," he said.

"All I can do is play as well as I can, like I did against Cardiff earlier this month, and maybe there was increased interest just from that game.

"I'm in my last season contract- wise. I just want to get as many games in as I can and hopefully be rewarded with something new or whatever."

But the stopper insists he would be more than happy to stay at Boro, adding: "I have grown up with Middlesbrough for the last seven years, I made my debut here, it is a good club. I would like to stay but you never know what will happen in football."

"I am just thankful to be fit again. I will hopefully progress from here."