Paddy McNair confirms Middlesbrough exit after six years in social media 'thank you' post

Paddy McNair of Middlesbrough
Paddy McNair of Middlesbrough -Credit:Steve Flynn/News Images

Paddy McNair has confirmed that he will be leaving Middlesbrough this summer, following the conclusion of his sixth season at the club.

McNair is out of contract this summer. Athough Boro are yet to publish their retained list, the Northern Ireland international took to Instagram to confirm the expected news that his time at the club has come to an end. He made 219 appearances for Boro in total, after signing from Sunderland in the summer of 2018.

Accompanied by pictures of some of his Boro career highlights, McNair wrote: "After six years and 219 appearances, my time @theboroofficial has come to an end. Big thank you to all of the players, staff and fans for the support throughout the years. Looking forward to the next chapter."

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After a tricky first season, McNair would establish himself as a regular under Jonathan Woodgate and remained as such under Neil Warnock and Chris Wilder. However, despite being a former team-mate of Michael Carrick's at Manchester United, he struggled for game-time since the current boss's arrival in October 2022.

Injuries this season throughout the squad, however, meant the 29-year-old still made 25 appearances and proved himself as reliable as ever when he was called upon. But one of the higher earners at the club, and with personal desire to play more often, a mutual parting of ways always seemed likely this summer as his contract ran down.

Exactly where he will continue his career remains to be seen, but still a highly capable and versatile Championship player, he is unlikely to be short of offers this summer when his contract officially ends at Boro on June 30.