âWhen 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 he told the Sunday Sun.
âNever 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.
âItâs up to me now, Iâm under no illusions. Iâve made my first massive step and I know I have to keep playing well to hold down my place.
âI know that Justin (Hoyte, currently out injured) will want his place back when he recovers from his operation and I can understand that.
âCompetition is healthy and it keeps everyone on their toes. I have to make sure I keep performing.â