The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

SHAY GIVEN has ad­mit­ted he will be sad to leave Middlesbrough this weekend to re­turn to the deep freeze at As­ton Villa.

Given has en­joyed a highly im­pres­sive three month stay at Boro.

Once back at Villa he will be third choice be­hind Brad Guzan and Ged Steer and with lit­tle chance of play­ing again this sea­son be­fore his fu­ture is re­solved in the sum­mer.

He said: “I would have liked to have stayed un­til the end of the sea­son and try to help Boro climb the ta­ble.

“But it was out of my hands and I have to go back to Villa. I will look fondly on my time at Boro.

“I was de­lighted that Mr (Ai­tor) Karanka brought me in. I’ve had great times here and en­joyed ev­ery minute.

“There’s al­ways a bit of trep­i­da­tion when you are set­tling in to a new club but the fans here have been fan­tas­tic.

“With my con­nec­tions with New­cas­tle, it could eas­ily have gone ei­ther way but they have been phenom­e­nal from the first game, home and away.

“They haven’t just backed me but the whole team and I want them to keep that up for the rest of the sea­son and keep on be­liev­ing.”

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