Injury crock Kieron Dyer has said his move to Championship Middlesbrough suits both parties and offers no risk for boss Tony Mowbray. "People have said it was a gamble, but it's not because if I don't play it won't cost them," the 34 year old told BBC Tees.
"If I do play well and stay fit I can help them achieve what they want to."
One of the factors behind Dyer's decision to return to the north east, following an eight-year stint at Newcastle United earlier in his career, was the chance to be reunited with some familiar faces.
"I've known Mark Venus and the gaffer from my time at Ipswich - I played in the same team as them, which shows how old I am unfortunately.
"I knew about them, they play attractive football the way I want to and they're in a great position to kick on and get into the Premier League so it ticked all the boxes."