Bilic ‘didn’t want to lose Ran­dolph’

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - SPORT -

WEST Ham man­ager Slaven Bilic in­sists he didn’t want £5m Boro new boy Dar­ren Ran­dolph to leave.

Mid­dles­brough made their sixth sign­ing of the sum­mer at the week­end when the Ir­ish in­ter­na­tional keeper put pen to pa­per on a four-year con­tract af­ter com­plet­ing a med­i­cal and agree­ing per­sonal terms at Rockliffe Park.

Speak­ing to the Ham­mers web­site, Bilic said: “I would like to thank Dar­ren for his ser­vice to the club over the past two years. He has been a fan­tas­tic pro­fes­sional and, as a player and a per­son, has the re­spect of ev­ery­one at West Ham.

“Dar­ren is a very good goal­keeper, and I didn’t want him to leave. How­ever, I could not guar­an­tee him reg­u­lar first team foot­ball and, with the pos­si­bil­ity of play­ing at the World Cup for the Repub­lic of Ire­land next sum­mer, he wanted to take up the of­fer from Mid­dles­brough.

“We didn’t think it was right to deny him this op­por­tu­nity to es­tab­lish him­self as a No1 play­ing ev­ery week in the Championship, but I am sorry to see him go and I wish him all the very best in the fu­ture.”

Ran­dolph is set to make his Boro de­but in Satur­day’s friendly against Ger­man club Augs­burg at the River­side.

“I’m de­lighted to get it all signed and com­pleted,” he told

“Ar­riv­ing here and see­ing the fa­cil­i­ties, it’s def­i­nitely a Premier League club. I want to come here and get the club back to where it be­longs and be part of some­thing spe­cial.”

Ran­dolph’s ar­rival capped a busy 24-hour pe­riod for Boro, who on Fri­day last week con­firmed that striker Cristhian Stu­ani had joined Girona.

Since the sum­mer win­dow opened for busi­ness, Monk has added Jonny How­son, Cyrus Christie, Martin Braith­waite, Con­nor Roberts, Britt As­som­ba­longa and Ran­dolph to his first team squad. Roberts and Braith­waite made their Boro de­buts against Rochdale at Spot­land on Satur­day.

Dar­ren Ran­dolph

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