Davies happy to be back
Andrew Davies is delighted to be back at Middlesbrough and is looking forward to the rest of the season.
By Graeme Bailey - Follow me on Twitter @graemebailey
Last Updated: 23/02/11 2:15pm
Andrew Davies is delighted to be back with his hometown club Middlesbrough and is looking forward to the rest of the season.
The Teessider, who began his career with Boro, rejoined the club last week on loan from Stoke City for the rest of the season.
Davies started the weekend win against Millwall and he was delighted to be back in a Boro shirt under manager Tony Mowbray.
"I told him the type of player I was, I train the same as I play," he said.
"When I was here I was just praying that he took me and gave me a chance because I feel I haven't been given a chance the last three or four years.
"To be out there doing what I love - and that's playing football - is just fantastic.
"I always felt I've got the ability if someone just gives me that chance. Tony Mowbray has brought me in and given me that opportunity."
The 26-year-old is pleased to be back with Boro, but admits the club have changed in the years during his absence.
"I've played in some big games for Middlesbrough and when you see the lads working so hard for each other it gees you up," he said.
"Championship, Premier League, Uefa Cup, whatever it is, if I'm in a Middlesbrough shirt I'll always give my best and long may it continue.
"The club has changed a lot but you can only control what you can on the football pitch. I said in the changing room, if everyone fights as hard as that for each other you've always got a chance. If we fight to the end of every single game, we've got a good chance.
"I just want to keep playing. I've got a lot of friends here, the coach Mark Proctor had me here as a kid and I just want to do well for everyone. That's what I'm here to do and I will do it."
Merouane Zemmama is another new arrival happy to have pulled on a Boro shirt against Millwall.
The Moroccan, who arrived from Hibernian in January, came off the bench at The Den and set up two goals to help Boro to victory.
But, having just returned from a long-term knee injury, Zemmama admits he is not going to rush things.
"It was fantastic to play but I don't expect to be playing every single game," he said.
"I wish I could but I have just come back from a very serious cruciate injury.
"The medical staff and my surgeon have told me not to do so much so soon, that I have to strengthen my knee slowly and to rest between games. I have to come on and come off in games.
"So it will be gradual. My aim is to get fitter and stronger every week and every month so that I am ready to play every single game next season."