Why former Leeds United and Cardiff City defender is looking forward to working with Neil Warnock again after Middlesbrough switch

Lee Peltier is looking forward to working with Neil Warnock again after signing a one-year deal at Middlesbrough.

Monday, 5th July 2021, 12:23 pm

The experienced defender, 34, played under Warnock at Leeds and Cardiff, where he helped the Bluebirds win promotion from the Championship, and was available on a free transfer after his contract at West Brom expired.

While some may question the move, Warnock highlighted Peltier’s versatility across the backline, as well as his leadership skills, during an interview with BBC Tees Sport last week.

Speaking to the club’s website following the move, Peltier said: “It feels great to be here. It all happened very quickly but I’m really happy to get it sorted and get myself ready for pre-season.

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Lee Peltier, Neil Warnock and Ronnie Jepson during their time at Cardiff.
Lee Peltier, Neil Warnock and Ronnie Jepson during their time at Cardiff.

“I’m looking forward to the new challenge.

“I’ve worked with Neil a couple of times now and once he called me and said he was interested in signing me I knew I’d be coming to play for him again.

“He’s a great manager, we’ve had a lot of success together and hopefully we can have some more.

“I’ve been around a long time now so I bring plenty of experience. Hopefully I can bring something to the team and add a little bit more of what I know they’ve already got. Hopefully that will help the group.”

Warnock said that Peltier had made a positive first impression among the group after arriving at Rockliffe last week.

The defender is now looking forward to the pre-season schedule, which includes a week-long training camp in Cornwall.

“It’s a long season in the Championship when you play Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday," Peltier added.

“But I’m really looking forward to getting back into that routine and getting going again.

“Pre-season is massive and I know the gaffer believes in it massively as well. He has a lot of involvement in it.

“The trip to Cornwall, I’ve been on a couple and it’s always good to get down there and get away from familiar surroundings, have that downtime and also play plenty of games.

“But pre-season is always massive to help have a good start in the Championship, and I know most successful teams start really well.”

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