Middlesbrough have signed highly rated forward George Miller from Bury. After having scouted the player for a long period, the Teessiders decided to go ahead with the signing. The 18-year-old is unlikely to feature for the senior side and will join the Boro academy.
The youngster has signed a three year deal with the club and is likely to be inducted to the U-23 side. He came through the ranks of the Bury Academy and had been one of the hottest prospects of the Shakers.
Boro have been very active in the transfer market as chairman Steve Gibson is very determined to make his way to the Top tier once again. Despite high expectations, they failed to use their resources properly as they got demoted to the Championship once again following their promotion in the last campaign.
Boro parted ways with Aitor Karanka after the manager failed to resurrect the team’s fortune after a dismal and dreary start. Despite having a very strong squad, the Teessiders struggled heavily in the last term and it ended in the worst manner possible as they got entangled in the relegation battle and dropped to the second tier.
However, they have appointed former Leeds United manager Garry Monk in an attempt to salvage their pride. Monk has already started implementing his plans and has brought in a number of players as a part of his strategy.
Boro have agreed to pay an initial sum of £200,000 to Bury for the young sensation but the sum could touch the £1m mark after adding the performance related bonuses and add-ons.
He has ample experience of League football and could be used in emergency situations. The starlet triggered attention with his prolific goal scoring displays for the Shakers last season.
Despite starting just six games last season, he has finished with a very impressive tally of seven goals. Monk has been also looking for some quality youngsters for the Academy and has roped in a very decent acquisition who could prove to be a very efficient goal scorer in the future.
Miller has set his sights on the bigger stage and wants to clinch a place in the senior set up as soon as possible.
“Boro is a great club with big ambitions and this move is a big step up for me. I want to play well with the Under-23s and then hopefully get into that first team because that’s where everyone wants to be.”
It remains to be seen how the player turns out and how Monk decides to use him in the near future.
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