The 31-year-old joined Boro two summers ago, but has spent much of his time on loan elsewhere.

An ACL injury suffered inside the opening 20 minutes of his debut for the club in a pre-season friendly at York City represented a desperately unfortunate start to his Boro career, and he was sidelined for almost six months.

His recovery started with a loan spell at Sheffield United February 2016 where he made 10 appearances before returning to Boro last summer.

He made his solitary first team appearance for Boro in the League Cup defeat at Fulham last August before heading out on loan once again, where he made 24 appearances for Simon Grayson’s Preston side.

Baptiste again featured for Boro during the latest pre-season, and he now has the chance opportunity to stake a claim at Queens Park Rangers after joining the London club. He links up with Ian Holloway once again, having played under the Rangers boss during a successful time at Blackpool when the club reached the Premier League.

Alex departs with the best wishes of all connected with MFC.