Boro are back in action at home to Brentford on Saturday (3pm). Here’s a look at players who have donned the red and white of both clubs.
Now plying his trade in Boro colours, George Saville had a loan spell at Griffin Park in the 2013/14 campaign. The Northern Ireland international clocked up 44 appearances in all competitions, helping steer The Bees to promotion to the Championship as they finished second in League One to end a 21-year absence from the second tier. After moving on to Wolves, with loan stints at Bristol City and Millwall following, his time at The Den turned permanent before he linked up with us last summer.
Saville played alongside Adam Forshaw in midfield for the Bees during their promotion-winning campaign, and Forshaw's loan spell at Griffin Park become a permanent switch from Everton in 2012. He amassed a century of appearances, and was awarded the League One Player of the Year and featured in the PFA Team of the Year for League One. Following a brief stint with Wigan Athletic, Forshaw signed for Boro in 2015 and was part of the squad who were elevated to the Premier League in his maiden campaign with us.
Striker Rhodes had a brief but memorable stay in West London. He joined from Ipswich Town on an initial month-long deal in 2009, scoring on his home debut against Aldershot Town, followed by his first career hat-trick (the youngest player in Bees history to do so) within half an hour of a Brentford match against Shrewsbury Town. Having scored seven goals in 14 Bees appearances, injury curtailed Rhodes' stay - but that didn't prevent him picking up March's PFA League Two Fans' Player of the Month and the PFA Fans' Player of the Year for the division.
A product of the Chelsea Academy, Bees midfielder Josh McEachran was still cutting his teeth when joined Boro on loan in 2012. During his stay on Teesside, the former England Youth international played 38 times for us. Loans at Watford, Wigan and Vitesse followed his single season with us, and the 25-year-old put pen to paper on a permanent Bees deal in 2015 as Brentford returned to the Championship. He has since made just under 100 appearances there and notched his first career goal back in October in a 1-1 draw at home to Birmingham City.
Middlesbrough-born Chris Kamara spent the largest portion of his playing career at Griffin Park with over 150 games under his belt for the Bees. As well as enjoying lengthy spells with Portsmouth and Swindon Town, Kamara featured in Brentford’s 1985 Football League Trophy final appearance, where they were beaten 3-1 by Wigan under the Twin Towers of Wembley. His time with his hometown club Boro was brief, a five-game loan stint from Luton Town in the inaugural season of the Premier League.
Paul Merson played for Brentford on loan in 1987, a decade before joining Boro. Magic Man Merse played under Frank McLintock in his brief stint for The Bees before breaking through to Arsenal's first team.
Ryan Fredericks is another who had a sojourn at Griffin Park in the early days of his career. The now-West Ham right-back moved across London from Spurs in 2012, and would later play for Millwall as well as Boro on loan. He also turned out for another London club, Fulham, as well as Bristol City before joining The Hammers.
Emmanuel Ledesma came to Brentford at the end of his time in this country, making just two appearances for the club in 2016 before joining Greek side Panetolikos. The nomadic forward has since moved stateside, first with New York Cosmos and latterly with FC Cincinnati, now of the MLS.