Sammy Silvera's opportunity as he completes Middlesbrough loan exit to Championship rival

Middlesbrough are hoping Sammy Silvera can gain valuable Championship experience as he spends the season on loan at Portsmouth.

The newly-promoted side are building their squad for the first campaign in the second tier for 12 years and identified Silvera as someone who could improve their forward options. In his first season at Boro last term he managed six goals and three assists.

However, even with Boro's injury crisis, the Aussie wide man only managed to make 16 starts for Michael Carrick's side and only played in 33% of Boro's Championship minutes over the course of the campaign. With options at the Riverside bolstered by Delano Burgzorg's arrival, and with confidence that they will overcome their injury troubles of last term, it was felt that Silvera would struggle for game time.

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As a result, the decision was made to allow Silvera to head out on loan for the upcoming campaign in order to hopefully play more games and grow from the experience. When the 23-year-old returns from Fratton Park he will have 12 months left on his contract and Boro will monitor his time with Pompey ahead of making a decision on his longer-term future on Teesside.

Blues boss John Mousinho said: “This is a deal that we’re delighted to get over the line and we're grateful to Middlesbrough for loaning Sammy to us. We’ve brought in a powerful and direct winger with Championship experience, who can play on both sides of the pitch and is technically very strong. He’s an exciting player and is capable of making things happen in the final third to get the crowd on their feet.”

Signed by Boro last summer in a deal that was described as a low-risk gamble for Boro given the relatively low price, it followed a stellar campaign in Australia that saw him guide Central Coast Mariners to an A-League Championship. While there were signs of his potential throughout the season, including scoring pivotal goals at Swansea City and Leicester City, he was raw and inconsistent. Carrick, though, has described himself as 'excited' by his potential for growth.

Boro are hoping the loan spell at Portsmouth will give him more game opportunities where he can learn and iron out deficiencies in his game. As is standard Silvera will be ineligible to play against them, with Pompey visiting the Riverside in the third game of the season.