New signing George Saville has outlined his goal to help Boro get back to the big time – where he believes they’re destined to be.
The 25-year-old joined Tony Pulis’s side from Millwall on an initial loan deal until January, where the move will then be made permanent for a fee of around £8million.
It’s a joint-record move for a Northern Irishman, tied with the £8million West Bromwich Albion spent to sign Manchester United defender Jonny Evans in 2015.
The combative midfielder’s value has grown considerably having only joined Millwall for a reported £350,000 last year, after enjoying a long-term loan spell at The Den.
But despite the staggering jump to the million pound bracket, Saville believes his new-found hefty price tag won’t deter him from doing his talking on the pitch.
“In this day and age football is growing and transfers are becoming more expensive,” he told Belfast Live. “For me it is just a figure.
“It is just a positive move and an opportunity for me to go and progress my career.”
Boro are flying high in the Championship this season, remaining unbeaten in their six league games so far – a run that has propelled them to second in the table.
Their impressive start was signified no more so by Tony Pulis’s nomination for Manager of the Month.
The Boro boss may have lost out on the gong to Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa, but there is a humble enthusiasm about what can be achieved under the tutelage of Pulis this season.
“That’s one of the factors why I joined Middlesbrough,” Saville said. “They are a massive club with huge ambition and one of the favourites to go up this season.
“The ideal goal is to play at the highest level which is the Premier League and with Middlesbrough I feel I can achieve that.
“Millwall was fantastic for me and gave me the stepping stone to get to the next level. For me Middlesbrough are a Premier League club so I didn’t need that much convincing of the move.