New Middlesbrough signing reveals why he wanted to move to the Riverside

New Middlesbrough goalkeeper Dejan Stojanovic has opened up about his big move to the Championship.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 11:09 am

The 26-year-old signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the club on Thursday, joining from Swiss Super League side St Gallen following confirmation of Darren Randolph’s move to West Ham United.

Stojanovic joined St Gallen in 2016 from Italian side Bologna and had made over 50 appearances for the Swiss side.

The ex-Macedonian Under-21 international says making the switch from the Swiss Super League to the Sky Bet Championship is a big move and one he is relishing.

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Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate.
Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate.

Stojanovic said: “It’s a big step for me.

“Before I was in Switzerland and played in the league there, and with the move to England I think it’s a very big step.

“It’s a very hard and tough league, the Championship, and I will try to give my best.

"It's a wonderful place to be and I'm feeling good with the team and the other goalkeepers.

“I'm looking forward to achieving beautiful moments with the team,” he told the club website.

Stojanovic will be expected to compete with academy graduate Aynsley Pears for the No 1 jersey at the Riverside.

He only joined up with his teammates on Sunday so wasn’t available for the defeat at Fulham on Friday evening.

Boro face Birmingham at the Riverside on Tuesday evening and he could be part of the squad for the home game as Jonathan Woodgate’s side look to get back to winning ways.