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Smallwood joins Rotherham on loan

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Richard Smallwood was on loan at Rotherham United last season Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Middlesbrough midfielder Richard Smallwood as joined Rotherham United on an emergency loan deal.

If the move is ratified by the Football League, the 23-year-old will go straight into Rotherham's squad for tonight's game against Watford.

Smallwood spent the second-half of last season on loan at Rotherham, helping the club achieve promotion to the Championship via the playoffs.

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Spanish duo fire Middlesbrough to winning start

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Middlesbrough's Daniel Ayala is mobbed after scoring during the 2-0 win over Birmingham Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Middlesbrough got off to a winning start in the new Championship season with a 2-0 win over Birmingham at the Riverside.

Spanish defender Daniel Ayala headed in Grant Leadbitter's corner to put Boro in front after 33 mins. Enquire 'Kike' Garcia then doubled the advantage with a debut goal after Lee Tomlin's deflected shot fell kindly for the Spaniard.

In League Two, Hartlepool United were beaten 1-0 by Stevenage. While York City were held to a 1-1 draw at Tranmere. Keith Lowe had put the Minstermen in front via a first-half corner but James Rowe grabbed a late equaliser for the hosts.

Karanka keen to maintain Boro form

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka is eager for the club to make a good start to the new campaign.

Boro finished 12th in the Championship last season but won six of their last eight games.

Karanka is keen for his side continue that form into the new season. Middlesbrough host Birmingham at the Riverside today.

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Karanka happy with Omeruo loan deal

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Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has expressed his delight at the club's loan deal for defender Kenneth Omeruo.

The 20-year-old has re-joined Boro on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

Boro's Head Coach said:

He is a very important player to us.

He's someone I love to have with us because he's a player who came here from Chelsea and his mood was always perfect.

He was always happy and fighting for his position.

He was handed the opportunity to play in the World Cup and he is now coming back to us a better player.

– Aitor Karanka, Head Coach of Middlesbrough FC

Omeruo returns to Middlesbrough on loan

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Kenneth Omeruo has returned to Middlesbrough on a season-long loan Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Middlesbrough have re-signed Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo on a season-long loan.

The 20-year-old made 14 appearances for Boro last season after joining the club on loan in January. The Nigeria international impressed during his previous spell and will now spend the new campaign back at the Riverside.

Omeruo featured in all four of Nigeria's matches at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Kenneth Omeruo returns to Middlesbrough FC

Kenneth Omeruo returns to the Riverside after a successful loan spell last season. Middlesbrough FC announced the signing of the centre back, adding that it's down to the fans.

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WATCH: I'm Back! Kenneth Omeruo says Boro fans played a big part in his return to the Riverside. http://t.co/0JSFy1ueu7

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