While a Championship challenge is at the top of the priority list for Garry Monk, the new Boro manager says the door will be open for young players progress at the club if they can show they are up to the challenge.
Dael Fry and Harry Chapman, two products of the club's Academy, were both celebrating this week after being part of the first England team to win a World Cup since 1966 when Paul Simpson's Under-20 won the age-group competition in South Korea.
Fry already has first team experience at Boro while Chapman has gained senior experience with both Barnsley and Sheffield United, and has back-to-back promotions to his name and a Wembley appearance, following successful loan spells.
Boro have a host of other young players who have represented England at youth level and the club has a fine tradition of developing its own players - a fact which the new Boro boss is only too aware of.
"The win for England in the Under-20s is a fantastic achievement and I'm sure they and their families and everyone at the club will be very proud of them," said Monk.
"To have two players involved shows the strength of the Academy here and how much talent there is here.
"I will be working primarily with the first team squad but we have young talent here and that is always a benefit for the club and for the manager.
"This club has a strong Academy and I'll have a good look at the young players. There will always be a pathway if they are good enough."