Marcus Tavernier saluted Boro head coach Jonathan Woodgate after signing a new three-and-a-half-year contract with the club.
The England Under-20 international has cemented his place in the side this season, making 26 appearances and netting two goals, after making his bow back in 2017.
And Tavernier was quick to praise the Boro boss for his role in his progression this campaign, which has been rewarded with a new deal.
“He’s (Jonathan Woodgate) been massive," he said.
"I’ve had little chances with previous managers, but especially last season when the gaffer was on the coaching staff, he was always helping me out and telling me to keep going.
"With him being manager this season, it’s just always been that bit better.
"He told me at the start of the season that if I get in the team, when I play well I’ll stay in the team and he’s kept to his word, so I’m really grateful for that."
Watch the full interview with Tavernier in the video player above.