Young explains Boro choice
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Luke Young was impressed by Gareth Southgate's determination to sign him.Luke Young has revealed he joined Middlesbrough ahead of other clubs because of Gareth Southgate's desire to bring him in.
The full-back tied up a £2.5million move from Charlton on Thursday, signing a four-year contract.
He was impressed by Middlesbrough's determination to sign him and is relishing the challenge of playing for such a big club.
"It's important for me at this stage of my career to come to a club where I feel wanted," Young told Boro's official website.
"There were other clubs interested but Middlesbrough showed me I was first choice for them."
Young also hopes that playing at The Riverside will boost his chances of an England recall.
"I see Middlesbrough as a big club and the fact that Jonathan Woodgate and Stewart Downing are here means the England manager will be watching them play," he explained.
"From what I've seen already over the last couple of days, there are a lot of good young English players here as well.
"It was a difficult decision but I want to be in the Premier League and I thank Charlton for not standing in my way."
Southgate has also expressed his delight after finally securing one of his top targets of the summer.
"He's a good defender who's also comfortable on the ball and that's exactly what I look for in a full-back," said the Boro boss.
"He's been captain of his previous club so he's a leader, and he says he wants to continue improving and that's fantastic to hear as a manager."