The striker has been working on his fitness ahead of the 2017/18 campaign and is chomping at the bit to get going in August.

And with a high number of players left at Boro who achieved promotion last time around, Bamford is confident that the team can mount a real challenge of an immediate return to the Premier League.

"We've got a strong core here," said the striker. 

"The majority of the players here know what it's like to be in the Championship and what it takes to get out of it.

"I think that sets us in good stead and on a personal note I'm excited."

This summer sees Bamford settled in one place for the first time in a number of seasons, having had numerous loan spells away from Chelsea over the last four years.

But with the striker now at Boro on a permanent basis, he says being settled on Teesside is a huge help to his pre-season plans.

"When I went on loan to MK Dons even that was a bit unsettling, because I finished the season and thought I was going back to Chelsea," he said.

"Then they [Chelsea] said I was going back on loan and that I would have to find somewhere for pre-season.

"I ended up going back to the same team but it was a bit up in the air. Whereas it's nice now that I'm coming back to Boro 100%. 

"I've got my place here, I'm not just floating about. I'll be near Nottingham to do a bit of work but the rest of the time I'm back here and it's nice and feels right.

"I've set myself different targets and I just want a season of playing now. When I play I know what I can do, so it's just about making sure I'm always in the team."