Middlesbrough captain Jonathan Woodgate has told the club’s official website that it does not matter to him if he plays or not as long as the team get promoted to the Premier League.
The former Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur defender insists that he is all for the team, as Boro prepare for a late push to win the Championship this season.
“Everyone would like to play, but I’m a team player and whatever the manager wants to do – I’ll do and whatever he wants to go for – I’ll go for and accept it,” Woodgate told Middlesbrough’s official website.
“I want to go up and if I don’t play and Boro win I’m really pleased,” the former Real Madrid and Newcastle United centre-back added. “Football is like that, but let’s see what happens first.
“If I’m picked, I’ll play, if I’m not ill support the lads 100% and give them everything off the field so let’s see what happens. “
Woodgate’s career has been blighted by injury, and his time at Middlesbrough has had a similar trajectory.
The 35-year-old Englishman has been able to make only two appearances in the Championship this season, and one suspects that he will want to play more in the final weeks of the campaign.
However, like a true captain, Woodgate seems to put the team before himself. The defender has not played in the Premier League for a number of years, and he seems highly determined to help Boro gain promotion anyhow he can.
Middlesbrough are currently third in the Championship table with 69 points from 37 matches, level on points with leaders Bournemouth but with an inferior goal difference.