Grant Leadbitter welcomes ex-Bolton defender Alex Baptiste as Middlesbrough look forward not back

Grant Leadbitter. Picture by Tom Collins
Grant Leadbitter. Picture by Tom Collins

Grant Leadbitter believes new signing Alex Baptiste can make a big impact with Middlesbrough.

The Bolton defender signed a three-year contract this week, teaming up with a Boro squad looking to make up for last season’s Championship play-off final disappointment.

We don’t want to talk about last year, we want to forget about it

GRANT LEADBITTER

“Baps (Baptiste) has come in and the one thing I’ve noticed from him is that he’ll fit in well with this group,” said former Sunderland midfielder Leadbitter.

“He trains well, he’s committed in training and he sets standards.

“We want people like that at our club and in our dressing room and hopefully we’ll have more to follow.”

Leadbitter says Boro have moved on from their Wembley despair.

He added: “We don’t want to talk about last year, we want to forget about it. There are new signings coming into the building and they don’t want to have it brought up.

“The dressing room has to move on and we have to accumulate a number of points next year and that comes with winning games.

“We work hard every day – that’s one thing this group has always done and we’ll do the same this year. Then hopefully we can win enough games to challenge again.”

Boro will rest internationals Muzzy Carayol and Albert Adomah in tomorrow’s first pre-season friendly at York, but they will fly out to Spain, for a training camp, with the rest of the squad on Monday after being involved in African Nations Cup qualifiers for Gambia and Ghana last month.

Ben Gibson, who was on Euo U21 duty until a fortnight ago, will not report back until after the Spanish trip.