Middlesbrough have confirmed that Duncan Watmore has signed a new two-and-a-half-year deal at the Riverside Stadium.
The forward had been catching the eye of several other clubs, including Stoke City, according to Stoke Live, but he will now remain with Middlesbrough until 2023.
Middlesbrough Confirm New Deal for Duncan Watmore
Impressive Short-Term Spell
Watmore made the move to the Riverside Stadium in November after leaving former club Sunderland in June.
The 26-year-old’s spell with the Black Cats was largely marred by a string of injuries, as well as the club’s fall to League One. He suffered a cruciate ligament injury in the 2016/17 season, which eventually hampered the following two years of his career.
Watmore returned to full action when Sunderland were plying their trade in League One, and many believed that he should be playing higher.
Eventually, the forward was released in June 2020, but it wasn’t until November that he secured a move back to the Championship.
However, it has been a hugely successful spell for Watmore and Middlesbrough. He has scored five goals in eight games, including braces against Swansea City and Millwall.
What Was Said?
Speaking to the Middlesbrough club website, manager Neil Warnock said: “We’re delighted to get him on board.
“I don’t think it was ever in doubt that he would sign with us because he has loved every minute of it here so far.
“He gets on with the players and the staff, and he is really enjoying himself.
“He’s a real good lad. We’re looking forward to having him here on a longer-term basis now and hopefully seeing him score plenty more goals for the club.”
Middlesbrough fans may have to wait for Watmore’s next appearance. Neil Warnock’s side have suffered positive Covid-19 tests, closing their training ground and throwing their FA Cup game against Brentford into doubt.
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