Defender George Friend has signed a new four-year contract with the club.

The 26-year-old, who was named Player Of The Year last term, has made 85 appearances since signing from Doncaster Rovers two years ago.

George has made a big impact at Boro, both on and off the pitch, and along with establishing himself as a key member of the squad, he is also heavily involved with the MFC Foundation and the club's work in the local community.

George was delighted to pledge his future to the club and he said: "I don't like cliches, but when it comes down to it, I really love this club and I'm delighted that I can dedicate myself for the longer-term.

"It's been a great move for me, coming here. I couldn't be much further from where I was born, but I feel so at home here. There's a number of reasons for that - my team-mates, a manager I admire and respect, the coaches, the physios, the staff, the chairman for all that he does, and the big part, the fans.

"The fans have been good to me and supported me, and they've made me feel so welcome. I appreciate what it takes for them to get a ticket for a game and to support us the way they do, and I try and work as hard as I can on the pitch and in training, and by giving something back in the community."