Middlesbrough seal Halliday deal

Last updated : 06 May 2010 By BBC Sport

Championship side Middlesbrough have signed winger Andrew Halliday from Scottish Division Three champions Livingston for an undisclosed fee.Halliday, 18, has agreed a three-year deal at the Riverside, having played a key role at Almondvale this season with 16 goals in 23 games.

"I'm really excited about joining Middlesbrough and delighted the contract is all sorted," Halliday said.

"This is a club that has produced so many good youngsters over the years."

Halliday added: "It helps that there is already a big Scottish contingent at the club and I know I am going to feel at home straight away.

A major reason why I wanted to come here was because this is a club that develops players

Andrew Halliday

"I came here for a training week earlier in the season so I was able to see the set-up at first hand. It also gave me the chance to meet the players, so I have a bit of a head start in that respect."

With Adam Johnson's departure to Manchester City during the January transfer window, Boro boss Gordon Strachan had a vacant left wing berth to fill, and Halliday is keen to emulate the England hopeful in progressing at the club.

"I will be doing all I can to win a first-team place here. A major reason why I wanted to come here was because this is a club that develops players.

"Players like Stewart Downing and Adam Johnson have really flourished here. Although people describe me as a winger I often get mistaken for a striker because of my record this season.

He has been great and deserves the chance to move onwards and upwards

Keith Smith

"I am mainly left-sided but I can play on the right as well. I like to get forward and take people on."

The winger began his youth career with Rangers but was released in 2006.

He made his Livi first-team debut in April 2008 when they were in Division One and has attracted interest from several clubs in Scotland and England.

However, it took the Glasgow-born midfielder until January 2009 to become a first-team regular.

But after Livi's demotion to Division Three for going into administration last year, the youngster has managed to score 14 goals as the side eased to the title and promotion this season.

His form this term also led to trials with Italian club Parma and English League One outfit Charlton Athletic.

The Middlesbrough manager will be hoping that the winger proves as successful as another former product of Livingston's youth system, Graham Dorrans.

Dorrans, who moved to West Brom in summer 2008, this season broke into the Scotland team and was the subject of a £4m bid from West Ham United.

His former Livi team-mate, Robert Snodgrass, is a regular in Leeds United's midfield, while James McPake is part of Coventry City's defence after leaving the West Lothian club last summer.

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport