New recruit Jonny Howson says there were many reasons why he had no doubts in becoming Garry Monk's first signing as Middlesbrough manager.
The former Leeds captain joined from Norwich City last week and admits he couldn't wait to get started with the club .
"There's a fair few reasons why I was keen to come here," said Howson, speaking for the first time since joining the club.
"There is a good squad here with a real chance of bouncing back and it's great I've been given the opportunity to come here and be a part of that."Jonny Howson
"I'm aware of what the manager here did last season, but I was aware of the facilities going back to when I went up there with the Academy at Leeds, and the size and potential of the club.
"There is a good squad here with a real chance of bouncing back and it's great I've been given the opportunity to come here and be a part of that."
Howson's first proper introduction to his new manager and his new team-mates came when he joined up for the pre-season trip to Portugal.
"It's a nice place to come and train and it's a good way to get to know everyone when you spend 24/7 together," he said.
"It's very hot, but that helps with getting you fit and it's all part and parcel of pre-season training.
"It's good to get to know your team-mates, and it's good to get a greater understanding of the manager and listen to his messages and what he wants."
You can see more from Jonny in the video above.