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SMITH ON ROGERS SIGNING

23 August 2012

After completing the loan signing of USA international Robbie Rogers, Boro manager Gary Smith spoke to the official website about a player he knows well.

Having spent three seasons in the MLS with Colorado Rapids Smith today revealed that he is delighted with the prospect of adding Rogers to his squad, a player he felt always looked good in America.

“He’s somebody that I know very well from back in the MLS, he’s very versatile. He can play in those creative wide areas or off the front man and can play on both flanks, adding that to our squad will only benefit us.”

A new style of football has hit the Lamex Stadium this season with Smith’s Boro side stroking the ball around the field and utilising exciting wide men behind Marcus Haber, who also played in the top division in America, in attack. 

Now that Smith has had his chance to stamp his own mark on the team the manager is already seeing changes that he wanted to implement. Speaking about Rogers he continued, “He was at Columbus Crew when I was at Colorado and he left there at the end of the 2011 season and went to Leeds.

“I remember that he always did well against the Rapids and showed all of the qualities and attributes that you would want from a wide player. His international career reflects that, he’s played against top teams at the highest level.”

He added “He’s another creative option to an already growing group of players. The guys are knitting together and forming a very good team relationship already and I’m delighted with the speed in which that is happening.”

Rogers will join up with the squad on Friday and could be available for the trip to Oldham Athletic this weekend. 

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