Lure of Middlesbrough too much for James Husband

James Husband
James Husband

FOR James Husband, the lure of Teesside and Aitor Karanka was too much to pass by.

“It was not difficult at all (to leave relegated Doncaster Rovers) to come here. It was an easy decision that I didn’t even have to think about,” Middlesbrough’s new left-back said flatly.

The 20-year-old departed the Keepmoat Stadium on Wednesday – striker Curtis Main going in the opposite direction – and made his Boro bow during the 2-0 win at Hartlepool United on the evening.

Already with 73 appearances to his name that belie his tender years, his four-year deal is testimony to the ability Boro believe he has.

And where better than develop under Karanka’s tutelage.

“It was a fantastic opportunity for me to come here to work with the gaffer and his staff,” he said.

“As soon as I heard they were interested I was on the phone and trying to get it sorted as soon as possible.

“It’s an opportunity where I can learn and press on with my game.”

Husband acknowledges the differing playing styles between Donny and Boro but isn’t concerned that he will struggle to adapt to Karanka’s possession-based football.

He told SportMail: “It’s a different style of football to what Doncaster play but hopefully I’ll thrive on that.

“It was a good experience (against Hartlepool) and the fitness will come.

“I’ve been about the last couple of days and met the lads and they seem a good bunch.

“I’m looking forward to this season and hopefully having a promotion push.”

Such is Husband’s gratefulness at being presented with the chance to continue to ply his trade in the Championship, he is not planning any trips to his new manager’s office asking why George Friend is the first choice left-back.

All he can do is “try my best to get into the team. It’s the gaffer’s decision, not mine.”