Boro Utility Man Wants A Change!

Last updated : 12 February 2009 By Boro Mad

Matthew Bates: "I've enjoyed it, it's somewhere I enjoy playing.

"The role is similar to centre-half as you can influence the game and dictate, you're more involved."

Stockton-born Bates made his debut for the Teessiders in a 3-2 win against Manchester City in December 2004, but a string of injuries have seen him make just 39 appearances for the club.