GEORGE Friend has signed a new four-year deal with Middlesbrough.

The 26-year-old has been a key member of Aitor Karanka's team since the Spaniard took over and has been handed a new deal.

Friend, a left-back, had entered the final year of the contract he signed when he moved from Doncaster two years ago.

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He had been interesting Nottingham Forest who are known to have attempted to sign the former Wolves defender.