Bates Signs On
Matthew Bates has signed a three-year contract at Middlesbrough FC.
A range of Premier League clubs were reported to be interested in Bates, including Wigan, Fulham, Sunderland and West Ham United.
The 22-year-old, graduated from the Boro Academy however suffered three serious knee injuries.
Bates enjoyed his longest spell in the first team last season and scored his first goal against Hull City.
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Chief executive Keith Lamb said, "We are delighted Matthew has decided to commit his future to Middlesbrough.