Teesside goal machine makes Championship transfer after previous Middlesbrough links

Macaulay Langstaff of Notts County winner of the League Two Golden Boot Trophy
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Teesside goal machine Macaulay Langstaff will be a Middlesbrough rival next season after joining fellow Championship outfit Millwall from Notts County.

Millwall announced the signing of the prolific striker, born in Stockton, on Monday after reports over the weekend that a fee of £700k plus add-ons had been agreed. The 27-year-old has signed a long-term contract at the Den and is their first signing of the summer.

Released from Boro aged 13 having been part of the same youth side as Dael Fry, Langstaff would take a different route in the game and eventually found himself at Gateshead where he would fire 32 goals to help the Tynesiders win promotion to the National League.

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That earned him a move to Notts County and the striker has enjoyed two incredible campaigns at Meadow Lane. Firing them to promotion to the EFL in 2022-23 with 41 goals, he continued that fine form last season with 28 goals to win the League Two golden boot award.

Langstaff was actually linked with a return to Boro in January as his goalscoring form was said to have alerted numerous Championship clubs. However, it is understood he wasn't a target for the club at that time.

A move to the Championship was always expected this summer for the boyhood Middlesbrough fan, however, as he looked to continue the upward trajectory in his career. Despite links to Swansea City where he would have reunited with former County boss Luke Williams, it's Millwall where Langstaff has moved.

Lions boss Neil Harris started last term as Gillingham boss in the fourth tier and was therefore well aware of Langstaff and the threat he offers, which is believed to have inspired their move for him this summer. The Teessider will now challenge for game time with Tom Bradshaw and Kevin Nisbet.

All being well between now and then, Langstaff will realise a life-long dream of playing at the Riverside on December 14 when Millwall visit Teesside for the Championship clash..