Very unlikely to apply to us. I expect the whole of the North East will go into Tier 3. We might manage to drop down to Tier 2 in Feb (once the inevitable Christmas spike in cases drops again), but we would need to get down to Tier 1 before fans would be allowed. Can't see that happening before the Tier system ends in March (if it does end then...).
The website story is a little contradictory, the headline is "Howson Signs New Boro Contract" indicating it's a "new" contract.
Then the 2nd paragraph states "by signing an extended contract" which indicates it's simply an extension to his current deal. At least the way I'm reading it is contradictory.
If Howson continues to play the deepest of the 3 midfielders, essentially what Clayton used to do, I can easily see him actually getting better over the next couple years. He’s still got great legs for his age, and his performances this season have been pretty much 8/10 every game.