On this day in 2012, Boro announced the signing of Grant Leadbitter from Ipswich Town...

One of the shrewdest acquisitions in our recent history, Leadbitter added grit and guile to Tony Mowbray's midfield and quickly established himself as a firm fan favourite at the Riverside.

Boro's all-action number seven clocked up nearly 250 appearances over the next six and a half years, most as club captain.

Leadbitter led the team with pride, the Sunderland-born man developing a love for his adopted home that was reciprocated by the Boro faithful.

Along with the skipper's armband he wore his heart on his sleeve, and his demonstrable passion made him a huge hit with supporters.

Watch some of Grant Leadbitter's best Boro moments in the video below.