Middlesbrough v Bolton: Nugent aims to fire Boro back up

David Nugent
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MIDDLESBROUGH’S ambitions to return to the Premier League persuaded David Nugent to join the Tessiders.

The 30-year-old swapped top-flight football with Leicester City to join Aitor Karanka’s Championship outfit in a £4m deal.

But the former England striker - who scored five goals in 32 Premier League appearances last season - hopes his stay in the second tier is only temporary after signing a three-year contract.

Nugent said: “It’s a club that’s moving forward and just missed out on the Premier League last season in the play-off final.

“I spoke to the manager and he’s desperate to get in to the Premier League this season, I want to be a part of that and the manager wants me to be a part of that as well.

“I was itching to get here and I’m just delighted to be here. The clubs agreed a fee straight away, both parties are happy with the deal so I’m just pleased to get started and hopefully be involved at the weekend.”

He joins Cristhian Stuani, Stewart Downing, Jack Stephens, Alex Baptiste and Diego Fabbrini as summer signings.

“I want to be back in the Premier League as quick as possible and I’m sure the rest of the lads do, the manager and the fans, too,” he said.

“I’m just here to help that and hopefully we can go one step further this time and get automatic promotion.

“I’ve been involved in plenty of play-offs, it’s a tough league and any team can beat another. You’ve just got to be consistent and that should pull you through the hard times and get us promoted.

“You can’t always look back on what happened the previous season, there will have been a lot of heartache for the players losing that final and there’s no worse feeling.

“I’ve done it myself and it was hard, but you’ve got to pick yourself back up and the lads are confident.

“Home form is massive in the championship and if that stays consistent you’ve got a good chance of getting promoted,” added Nugent, who could feature today as Boro play host to Bolton Wanderers.

Nugent, who netted 20 times to help the Foxes win the Championship in 2013-14, has made one appearance for England, scoring against Andorra in 2007.