Darren Randolph reveals why he chose to join West Ham United - and has this message for Middlesbrough fans
Darren Randolph says the lure of Premier League football was ‘too good to turn down’ – after he rejoined West Ham United from Middlesbrough.
The Republic of Ireland international has penned a three and a half-year contract at the London Stadium after the Hammers agreed an undisclosed fee – believed to be around £4million - with Boro.
Randolph’s exit has long been in the pipeline, but medical issues led to a delay in finalising the deal.
But with terms now agreed and the transfer ratified, Randolph has revealed why he chose to swap the Riverside Stadium for the capital.
And the stopper also had a classy message for the teammates, staff and supporters he is leaving behind on Teesside.
“I’m delighted to be back at West Ham United,” he said, speaking to the Hammers’ official website.
“I had two great years at the Club previously and still have a lot of friends here, so I had no hesitation in coming back.
“West Ham is a massive club, with fantastic supporters and an excellent squad of players.
“It’s a great challenge for me and I am really looking forward to working with the goalkeepers here and helping the team in any way I can.
“I’d like to thank everyone at Middlesbrough – the management, staff, players and fans – for their support. I had a great time there and wish them all the very best for the rest of the season.
“This opportunity was simply too good to turn down, though. It’s a great feeling to be back in the Premier League with such a fantastic club, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate, meanwhile, was quick to thank Randolph for his contribution at the Riverside Stadium.
“Darren has been a great player for this football club. He is a terrific professional who wants to play in the Premier League, and this is an opportunity for him,” he told mfc.co.uk.
“We wish Darren the very best of luck for the future.”