Boro secure Wales keeper

Relegated Premier League side Middlesbrough secured the services of Wales international goalkeeper Danny Coyne on Monday from League One side Tranmere Rovers.

The 35-year-old signed a two year contract with 'Boro and will compete with Brad Jones for the first choice spot. "Danny is an excellent goalkeeper," Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate told BBC Tees. "He has played at the highest level with Wales and has great experience. He is the right type of character."

Coyne - who has Premier League experience having played just five times for Leicester in 2003 - has had two spells at Tranmere and also played for Grimsby and Burnley. Coyne said he was hoping to aid 'Boro's bid to return straight away to the Premier League.

"Leaving Tranmere was a hard decision but joining Middlesbrough was a no-brainer for me. I came up and met the manager and goalkeeper coach Stephen Pears, saw the training facilities and made my mind up," he said. "Gareth has told he wants us to win the Championship and get the club back in the Premier League where we belong.

"I've played most of my career in this division so I know it very well and I think we've got every chance of going up. I feel as fit as I've ever been so I'm coming here to push Brad for a first team place and do all I can to contribute towards us winning promotion." Middlesbrough were relegated along with Newcastle and West Bromwich Albion.