George Friend’s time on Teesside has come to an end after the long-serving defender joined Birmingham City on Saturday afternoon...
The 32-year-old turned down the offer of a new contract at Boro in favour of a move to Birmingham, where he will link up with former Riverside boss Aitor Karanka.
It brings the curtain down on George’s eight-year spell at Boro, a time that saw him make 299 appearances for the club and also play a big role in the Teesside community.
The Devonian made his Boro debut almost eight years ago to the day – against Bury in the Capital One (League) Cup – and his final appearance came at Sheffield Wednesday last month, on the delayed final day of the season.
George was named Players Player of the Year and Community Player of the Year during his first season with the club, and he scored his first goal in a Boro shirt the following campaign in a 2-2 draw against Wigan.
Take a look at our photographic reflections of George's time on Teesside in the gallery above
He quickly established himself as a regular in the left-back role, a position he was to hold down for the bulk of his eight years, until his final season was blighted by an injury that restricted him to just six appearances before the season re-start in June.
George first captained the side in 2015 and went on to be named club captain following the departure of Grant Leadbitter in January 2019.
George was also a key member of the Boro squad which won promotion to the Premier League on an emotional afternoon at the Riverside Stadium in May 2016.
Off the field, George was a regular representative at community and charity events, and was a frequent ambassador for the MFC Foundation, the club’s charitable arm.
Everyone connected with MFC would like to wish George all the best for the future.