Downing signs new five-year Boro contract

February 26, 2008

Middlesbrough's England winger Stewart Downing has finally put pen to paper on his new five-year contract.

The club confirmed on Tuesday that the 23-year-old had signed the deal, which he agreed 10 days ago, on Monday night.

Downing's decision to stay with his hometown club came as a major boost to manager Gareth Southgate, who has insisted all along that he did not want the club's academy graduate to leave.

Downing had more than two years left on his existing contract, but was offered a new deal after forcing his way into the England squad and proving a key player for Middlesbrough.