After spending over a decade on Teesside, Rhys Williams' time at Boro is set to come to an end in the summer and the defender says there would be no greater feeling than to end on a high by seeing the club promoted to the Premier League.
Williams has agreed a pre-contract with Australian side Perth Glory FC and will join the club at the end of the season when his contract with Boro expires.
Having joined Boro as a teenager, Williams has grown up as a player and a man on Teesside, but is now looking forward to a new challenge with the team he supported as a child back in Australia.
"I've known the manager at Perth since I was a kid," said Williams.
"He's a family friend of my parents and obviously with it being my home town club and the team I've supported it's something I'd looked at.
"If I had everything my way I probably wouldn't be going home this early because I had dreams of getting Middlesbrough promoted and playing in the Premier League.
"But for me personally I knew that I needed to get home to kick-start my career again. With the manager there, the lifestyle and my family around me that's going to help me play my best football.
"This is my home, really. I've had all of my adult life here. I've met some great friends and gone through some great managers.
"Obviously the chairman has been there, too, the lads and the staff and it will be difficult leaving.
"But let's hope I can leave on a high. I'll give all of my support to the manager and the boys as much as I can to the end of the season. I'm always here to support everyone."
The last two seasons have been blighted with injury for Williams, with the defender suffering two crushing blows on his return to fitness over the last 24 months.
Williams' lack of fitness means there has been less time on the pitch than he'd have liked under Aitor Karanka, but he's continuing to support Boro all the way to where he feels the club belongs - the Premier League.
"I'd just like to thank the fans for all they've done for me," he said. "At the end of the season I'll have been here 11-and-a-half years.
"They've been great towards me and when I was playing they were great.
"It's good to see them all coming back now and they need to keep getting behind the team like they have done the last two years, pushing them on to where we all want to be.
"There would be no greater feeling for me than to see Middlesbrough go into the Premier League.
"That's what we need to do. We're good enough, we're the best team in the league. All of the lads are hungry and driven, as is the manager and his staff.
"I'll always support the team. It's a great bunch of lads, a great manager and staff and I'm here for them all.
"I'd love to be involved but it's not going to happen, so the next best thing to jump on the wagon with them and support them all the way.
"It's a great set up and one that deserves to be in the Premier League. I've been saying this since we went down. We've never been in this situation of being so close so let's get there together."