Still buzzing from Saturday's promotion to the Premier League, Jordan Rhodes admits it's difficult to articulate just what reaching the top flight with Boro means to him.

Rhodes joined the club in the January transfer window from Blackburn and having spent the first half of the season at Ewood Park, the striker believes there was outside pressure on Boro to reach the Premier League this season.

"Saturday was fantastic and hard to put into words because it means different things to different people," he said. 

"There was complete adulation and a real sense of almost relief if that's the right way of putting it. 

"There has been a great amount of pressure on Middlesbrough throughout the whole season from the outside and having joined halfway through I could feel that. 

"But when you get on the inside you just want to do the best you can and we've got a really great group of players, playing staff and people around the club. 

"We were all gearing towards one thing and that was just to work hard and do whatever it was going to take to get over the line. 

"If it had been the play-offs then that would've been the route we would have taken. Luckily that didn't happen and now we can look forward to something special come August."

The striker had been linked with Boro in the past and was strongly rumoured to have joined the club back in January 2015 but the move never materialised.

Aitor Karanka added a wealth of experience to his squad over the 2015/16 season, starting with the signings of David Nugent and Stewart Downing last summer and Rhodes says sharing a dressing room with the former England internationals was slightly overwhelming at first.

"Maybe I knew a bit more than others about the club because I have an uncle on the coaching staff (Steve Agnew) so he gave me a little bit of an insight before I joined," said Rhodes.

"You could tell it was a fantastic football club that's driven by a fantastic chairman with real ambition to get into the Premier League. 

"That's where everyone wants to play so to come here and be part of something special in getting out of the Championship is fantastic.

"You only have to look around in the changing room. The types of players with international pedigree and those who have been there and done it throughout their whole career was quite daunting for me at first. 

"It took me a good couple of weeks to adjust to being in the changing room with massive names. The more you get to settle in you realise than not only are they massive names in football terms but even better people and that was really comforting."