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Jonathan Woodgate gunning for Premier League return after three years

The former Leeds and Tottenham defender has recently been pivotal for Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough will take on Norwich City next Monday in the Championship play-off final, hoping to defeat The Canaries and make their way back to the Premier League.

For one Boro player, it would be a return long in the making.

Jonathan Woodgate of course has a history of Premier League football. The Boro-born lad started his career in the Premier League with Leeds United. He played 104 league games for Leeds in seven years before heading off to play for the likes of Newcastle United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur.

Woodgate's career, which has been blighted by serious knee injuries, looks to be coming to an end but he has recently come back into the Middlesbrough side as they have made it to the play-offs.

Woodgate has not played in the Premier League since he was at Stoke City, a 1-0 loss to Sunderland in February 2012.

His contract expires in the summer, and Aitor Karanka told the Gazette this weekend that it is up to the player whether he signs a new deal at Riverside.

If he does decide to hang up his boots, he will want to do so after sending his beloved Boro back to Premier League football.

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