Jonathan Woodgate has re-signed for boyhood club Middlesbrough, subject to a medical, after his contract expired with Stoke City.

The 32-year-old centre-back initially joined Boro on loan from Real Madrid in 2006, before signing a permanent deal for £7m in April 2007. He was sold to Tottenham Hotspur nine months later for £8m after making 46 appearances.

The Teeside club, managed by Tony Mowbray, finished seventh in the Championship last season - five points off the playoff places.


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  • Teen at Leeds

  • Not quite filling out for the Under-21s

  • Mentor David O'Leary offers a hug, 1999/00

  • Kevin Keegan thanks him on his England debut in Bulgaria, 1999

  • Heady days against Raúl and Real Madrid, 2000/01

  • The infamous 2001 trial for which he received 100 hours' community service for affray after a street attack

  • Jumping for joy, 2002

  • At St James' with Sir Bobby, January 2003

  • An all-too-familiar sight, 2003/04

  • Celebrating his one and only goal for Real Madrid, 2004/05

  • Back home, 2006

  • Celebrating his League Cup final winner against Chelsea, 2008

  • And scoring past the Blues weeks later

  • Seeing in a winner against Hull, 2008/09

  • Tangling with Torres, 2011

Woodgate spent the 2011/12 season at the Britannia Stadium, playing in just 21 games for Stoke, with his last appearance coming in the Europa League against Valencia in February.

A promising defender since breaking through at Leeds United when he was 19, Woodgate's career has been curtailed by injuries, ensuring his best form has come sporadically.

The former Newcastle United defender has generated £37.4m in transfer fees throughout his career over six different clubs, and he has won just eight England caps.