â€śWhen people asked me whether I wanted to make the move permanent I always said I wanted to go back to Middlesbrough and try for a place in the Premier League,â€ť he told the Sunday Sun.
â€śNever for one moment did I doubt that I was good enough to play in the Premier League again. All I wanted was to get out on the Riverside pitch and prove myself.
â€śItâ€™s up to me now, Iâ€™m under no illusions. Iâ€™ve made my first massive step and I know I have to keep playing well to hold down my place.
â€śI know that Justin (Hoyte, currently out injured) will want his place back when he recovers from his operation and I can understand that.
â€śCompetition is healthy and it keeps everyone on their toes. I have to make sure I keep performing.â€ť