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Mowbray relishing return to former club

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray says he's looking forward to returning to former club Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Mowbray finished his playing career at Portman Road and spent nine years at the club as both a player and a coach. He takes his Middlesbrough side back to Ipswich this weekend in search of three vital league points.

Speaking ahead of the game, he said:

"It's always nice to go back to Ipswich. I spent nine years of my life at Ipswich. It's a fabulous club, there's some wonderful people working there.

"Mick McCarthy knows everything about this league. He knows how to get out of it. He did it with Wolves.

"So it's a tough game of course. A game we're looking forward to."

– Tony Mowbray, Middlesbrough FC Manager

Mowbray is expected to have new signings Kei Kamara and Jacob Butterfield available for the trip to Ipswich. Although Kamara has yet to take part in a training session with his new club after going away on international duty with Sierra Leone shortly after joining.

Mowbray added: "I saw him the day he signed then he left for Sierra Leone. He's just going to meet us at Ipswich so we haven't had a training session with him yet.

"Jacob Butterfield has had a good week's training with us. He's everything we thought he would be regarding his talent."

Striker Kei Kamara had a loan spell with Premier League side Norwich City last season Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Archive/Press Association Images