Woody wants to end with Boro
By Graeme Bailey. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Jonathan Woodgate says he is ready to end his career with hometown club Middlesbrough.
The 27-year-old signed a permanent deal with Boro this week after they agreed a £7million deal for the defender with Real Madrid.
Woodgate has impressed hugely at The Riverside since joining on a season-long loan in August and is widely expected to be named the club's Player of the Year.
Now having committed his future to Boro for the next four years, the former Leeds and Newcastle man says he does not see himself ever leaving Teesside.
"I'd like to think I'll stay at Boro for the rest of my career," he told the Sunday Mirror.
"Having been brought up on Teesside it means a lot to play for this club. I am only 27 and I want to play for as long as I can.
"The main reason I signed for the club is they are ambitious and want to win things. I decided in January that I wanted to sign for Middlesbrough.
"I did not want to wait for any clubs to come in for me at all. Real Madrid agreed a price at the start of the year and I have loved my football here so why not do it?"