Ravel Morrison says he turned down offers from overseas to jump at the opportunity to link up with Boro for the rest of the season.
Former England Youth international Morrison arrived on loan from Sheffield United on January transfer deadline day.
Morrison, who's had spells with the likes of West Ham and Lazio among others, says he wanted to come to the Riverside as soon as heard of the interest, and added he's excited to get a run of games under his belt.
"I was close to going abroad again, and my agent rang me up and said that Middlesbrough were interested," he explained.
"As soon as he said Middlesbrough were interested, I told him to cut everything else out and I wanted to get going.
"I just want to get playing and get a run of games.
"If you put a run of games together now, there's no reason why we can't go for promotion or get around there."
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