Hayden Coulson hopes his Boro career continues to go from strength to strength after he celebrated Christmas by penning a new deal.
The lighting full-back committed his future to the club this week, signing a new contract until 2023, and was delighted to do so.
“I think I have played well this season with the opportunities I’ve been given,” he told mfc.co.uk
“So to be rewarded with the contract - I’m over the moon to still be at the club and to be here for years to come yet.”
Coulson impressed on his full debut, the opening day at Luton Town but was sidelined the following weekend after his home bow versus Brentford, returning gradually over the course of the campaign and since becoming a mainstay in Boro’s backline.
The 21-year-old says such challenges have made him a tougher character.
“I have been unlucky with injuries in the past, but when you have setbacks you have to come back stronger,” he said.
“Obviously I had that one at the beginning of the season that took me out for ten or 11 weeks - but I feel as though I’ve picked up where I left off so that was a positive.”
The Gateshead-born youngster joined our Academy set-up at Under-13 level. He now hails the impact of Head Coach Jonathan Woodgate, a long-term admirer who gave Coulson his chance this season.
“The gaffer has been massive for me, I’ve known him for a while now,” Coulson said.
“He’s always rated me, so I’ve just had to prove to myself and prove to him that I could take the opportunity.
“It’s great for all the young lads, you see Djed [Spence] as well has come through and had an unbelievable few games, he just needs to continue that now.”
With the likes of his fellow full-back and other Academy graduates in the dressing room, Coulson says Boro can be proud of the progress made in recent weeks, particularly at the Riverside.
“With Pearsy [Aynsley Pears], Dael [Fry], Tav [Marcus Tavernier], we’ve all come from similar age groups and played together in the past,” he said.
“It’s great seeing so many in the first team, which is where everyone wants to be.
“The young ones bring the energy and the excitement, but we’ve got the experienced players like Dani [Ayala], Randz [Darren Randolph], Jonny [Howson], they pull you through it too.
“The teams around us, they’re the games we really need to win and I think as a team we’re doing really well at the moment.”