George Friend signs new four-year contract with Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough defender George Friend has committed his future to the club by penning a new four-year contract.

Friend, 28, joined Boro from Doncaster Rovers four years ago and was a key figure in their promotion to the Premier League last season.

"For me committing to the Boro for another four years is because of so many things -- a fantastic chairman, a brilliant manager and staff, great teammates, absolutely amazing fans and a beautiful area in which to live," Friend told the club's official website.

"I am very grateful and thankful to everyone who has encouraged and supported me. What I can promise in return is to continue to try to give 100 percent commitment to the club.

"My grandfather taught me many things, one of which was to play every match with the same energy and focus as if I was playing in the world's biggest stage.

"This is what I've always tried to do from the beginning of my career to now, as we stand on the threshold of the Premier League.

"In my eyes the Riverside is the best and biggest stage and to be given the opportunity to extend that privilege is everything!"