Dimi Konstantopoulos signs new Middlesbrough deal but will not play at Yeovil

Dimi Konstantopoulos
Dimi Konstantopoulos

DIMI Konstantopoulos has agreed to extend his Middlesbrough contract by a further year after making the number one jersey his own.

The former Hartlepool United stopper, who began the season as Boro’s third-choice, stepped in after Shay Given’s loan expiration and proved his worth with a series of impressive displays.

Although Jason Steele will play in tomorrow’s final game of the season at relegated Yeovil (kick off 12.15pm), boss Aitor Karanka was full of praise for the net-minder who has even been touted as a potential World Cup keeper this June with Greece.

Karanka said: “We have spoken with Dimi and he’s very happy here.

“He is playing very well and I’m very happy with him, so is my goalkeeper coach Leo (Percovic).

“Dimi has been working well every day since I came here.”

Meanwhile, Hartlepool-born midfielder Bryn Morris is set to be part of the Boro squad who travel to Somerset.

England U18s captain Morris made his league debut on the final game of last season away to Sheffield Wednesday and could be set for a run out against the Glovers.

Karanka is certainly impressed with the youth at his disposal, notably winger Adam Reach who has returned from a loan spell at Bradford.

“I like him (Reach),” said the Spaniard. “He’s young, powerful, and a good player.

“I know he can perform but it was good for him to play with the first team (during last weekend’s 3-1 win against Barnsley).

“In the future I think he can be with us but he needs to keep improving. He is a player that I like.”

The prospect of seeing more Rockcliffe Park graduates is high too.

Karanka explained: “I think we will see more of them next season.

“They are young players with character, they are from here and it is good for everybody to have them around the first team.”

Jonathan Woodgate, Player of the Year George Friend and Grant Leadbitter will all be absent through injury, though Kei Kamara is hopeful of being passed fit.