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Middlesbrough: Smoggies fans react on Twitter to Stewart Downing’s departure

Middlesbrough: Smoggies fans react on Twitter to Stewart Downing’s departure

After 404 appearances for Middlesbrough over two separate spells, the time has finally come for Stewart Downing to say goodbye to the club’s supporters.

A fantastic servant for the Smoggies, the winger initially burst onto the scene as a teenager in 2001 before going on to play a defining role for his hometown side in their League Cup triumph three years later.

Yet despite impressing in this particular competition, it could be argued that his best performances in a Boro shirt came during their incredible UEFA Cup run which culminated in his side reaching their first ever major European final in 2006.

Although Downing would leave the Riverside Stadium in 2009 following the Smoggies’ relegation from the Premier League, after enjoying mixed levels of success for Aston Villa, Liverpool and West Ham United, he was convinced by then-boss Aitor Karanka to rejoin the club four years ago.

Whereas it is fair to say that he wasn’t as productive during his second spell, the 34-year-old still managed to help Boro secure a brief return to the top-flight in 2016.

With his current deal with the Smoggies set to expire next month, the club revealed earlier today that they will not be extending Downing’s stay.

Reacting to the news on Twitter, loads of Boro fans thanked the midfielder for his service to the club.

Having made 38 appearances in the Championship last season, Downing will be confident that he can secure a move to one of Boro’s direct competitors this summer.

Smoggies fans, was it the correct call by your club to release Downing? Get in touch below.

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