Nugent traded Premier League champions Leicester for Boro last summer after struggling for first-team football at the King Power Stadium.
Middlesbrough's David Nugent shouts
He was tasked with leading the Teesside club to promotion this last season, yet towards the end of the campaign he often found himself out of favour with Jordan Rhodes the club’s new number one striker.
Still, the former Preston man says he couldn’t be happier to have achieved promotion with the club and insists he made the right choice in moving to the Riverside from Leicester last summer.
“I probably wouldn’t have played much at Leicester (had I stayed). They’ve gone on to do brilliant things winning the Premier League, but I’m so happy that I decided to join Middlesbrough,” Nugent told the Gazette.
“I came here to get promoted -- so it’s hard to sum up my emotions. I’m so happy we’ve done it.”
Nugent battled with the likes of Kike and Christian Stuani for a regular spot for the first half of the campaign, yet all three seemingly played second fiddle to Rhodes following his arrival from Blackburn Rovers.
The 31-year-old managed just 24 league starts throughout the season, posting eight goals and seven assists.
Aitor Karanka’s men will no doubt look to bring in more players this summer, therefore it will be interesting to see how much game-time Nugent manages now he is back in the top-flight.
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy, partner Rebekah Nicholson, Matty James and Middlesbrough's David Nugent in the stands as fans celebrate after Marc Albrighton (not pictured) scores their fourth goal