Transfer news: Shay Given delighted with Middlesbrough move
Shay Given has told Sky Sports that he is delighted he will get the chance to represent all three North East clubs.
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Last Updated: 29/11/13 7:34pm
Given will join a rather exclusive club of only a handful of players to have played for all of the North East's big three clubs after joining Middlesbrough on loan for a month from Aston Villa.
The last player to do so was Alan Foggon back in 1977, but Given will add his name to the list when he lines up against Bolton on Saturday, having already featured for Sunderland and Newcastle.
"I'm delighted, it was a bit rushed getting in for the 5 o'clock deadline, I'm delighted to be here and I can't wait for Saturday, that's what you want to do, you want to play football and I'm really looking forward to the game," he told Sky Sports News.
Given admits it is good to be back in the North East having spent so much of his career in the region.
"I've seen Woody (Jonathan Woodgate) this morning, he's not changed a bit, aged a bit, it's always nice to know someone in the changing room, but all the lads have made me feel really welcome and it's nice to be back out training, nice to be back in the North East as well," he said.
"I spent a long time here, obviously at Sunderland, a long time with Newcastle, so it's nice to be at Middlesbrough now, so it's fantastic.
"The North East is a hot-bed of football, really passionate fans and hopefully the fans will be impressed with me. I want them to judge me on my performances not what I've done in the past but what I do for this football club. I'm raring to get going and play well."
Given has been signed to act as cover for suspended No.1 Jason Steele, and after losing his place to Brad Guzan at Aston Villa it will be his first league appearance since August 2012.
"When this opportunity came along it was too good to turn down and thanks to Aston Villa as well for letting me go, I'm just delighted to be here," he said.
"I want to get going again and playing again and getting back in front of crowds. I haven't looked past the one month loan or anything, I just can't wait to get going and Saturday can't come quick enough."
Given says Boro boss Aitor Karanka was very welcoming, adding: "He met me when I got up here, he met me at the hotel, he's very welcoming and it's great to work with him.
"He's a very experienced guy, he's been around Europe, it's exciting times for Middlesbrough football club, it's a new era I suppose, new ideas and I think all the players are getting used to the new manager as well. We're all looking forward to the next few weeks."
Given's appearance against Bolton will also mark a special day for him as it will be the 600th of his career.
"Yes, that will be special, quite a good few games, 600 games is pretty good but it's not about records it's about getting three points.
"We know Bolton are a very good team so it's going to be a tough game, I just want to get the game under way now and get going," he added.
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