New signing Brad Guzan is ready to fight for his place between the goalposts as Boro make their return to the Premier League.
Guzan is in line to make a debut appearance for his new club against Udinese on Wednesday, but the US international faces stiff competition for a regular starting spot in Dimi Konstantopoulos, Tomas Mejias and fellow summer arrival Victor Valdes.
"They are great goalkeepers and I'm very fortunate and happy to be part of this group," Guzan said.
"There's a belief and truth in the goalkeepers' union for sure.
"You want to battle - you need competition for places and that brings the best out of players.
"There's an understanding between goalkeepers that everyone competes day in and day out to try and be selected on a matchday."
The former Aston Villa man has already been impressed with Boro's work on the training field in his short time with the club.
"Training is quite intense, and that's good," he said.
"You need that competitiveness so that when the matchdays roll around, everyone is ready to get a good result.
"You want your name to be called and you do that by proving your worth Monday to Friday on the training field.
"Hopefully Saturday afternoon you can do the job, help the guys in front of you and keep the ball out of the back of the net."
Guzan feels he is settling in quickly with his new teammates after a few days of settling into his new surroundings.
"It's been a great experience so far and everyone around the training ground's been fantastic," he said.
"There's a good amount of banter as well.
"You need seriousness and hard work but at the same time you need a laugh and a joke - it keeps everyone on their toes.
"It's only been a few days but if it's an insight into what's to come, it's going to be a great time here."