Steele hopes for more positives

Boro No.1 glad to see the back of 2011 after mixed year

Jason Steele: Suffered with injury in 2011, but also played for England U21s

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Middlesbrough goalkeeper Jason Steele hopes 2012 can bring more positives than the mixed fortunes of the past year.

The home-grown Boro product has enjoyed major successes since the turn of 2011 and has been playing as his club's No.1 while also featuring for England's Under 21s.

But a hip injury interrupted Steele's progress at the end of last season and a wrist fracture sidelined him during the opening weeks of the current campaign.

He told the Northern Echo: "There was my hip and then my wrist - I am pleased this year is over in a way.

"I have played my fair share of games as well, but hopefully the next year will be even better.

"When you know you have the support of your manager, it gives you more confidence and I've got that. I am also confident in my own ability, which helps.

"I have also been lucky to have come back into a winning team. If you are returning to a team that was losing every week, then everyone would have been down and it would have been harder for me. It's been good."