Midfielder made up to extend his Boro career...
Jonny Howson was delighted to put pen to paper on a contract that will see him extend his stay on Teesside by a further year.
Having joined the club in the summer of 2017, the midfielder’s latest extension will take him up to the end of the 2021/22 season.
“I’m really pleased to sign on for longer,’ said Howson.
“There’s been ups and downs while I’ve been here, but at the moment it’s going well and when you’re wanted somewhere it’s really nice to stay longer.”
The former Leeds skipper, who clocked up his 150th appearance in Boro colours earlier this month, has been outstanding again this term and manager Neil Warnock says he is the best midfielder in the Championship on current form.
The boss was delighted to secure the player’s services for beyond the end of the current season, and the respect and admiration is mutual.
“His impact is there for everyone to see,” said the midfielder. “Results on the pitch have picked up and when things are going well everything goes with it.
“We’re only through a small part of the season. We have to keep focused and keep doing the things that we’ve been doing.”
Last season saw Howson take the role of Boro’s Mr Versatile – he was rewarded with the MOSC 2020 POTY award – but Neil Warnock has restored him to the central midfield role that he has played for so much of his career.
“It hasn’t changed from last season in that I want to be in the starting XI every week,” added Howson. “If the gaffer wants to play at right-back or centre-back or wherever, that’s fine.
“Wherever I’m asked to play I see it as a challenge and that will never change because the most important thing is being out there on a Saturday.”