DARRAGH LENIHAN has signed for Middlesbrough from Blackburn on a four-year contract.
The Ireland centre-back spent 10 years at Ewood Park and became a free agent at the end of the season after his contract expired.
The Meath native was also wanted by other well-known coaches in the Championship, such as West Bromwich Albion's Steve Bruce, but will now head to the Riverside to play under Chris Wilder.
The left-footed central defender will be part of Boro's bid for promotion next year and Wilder has explained why he signed the 28-year-old.
"I've been a huge admirer of Darragh for a long time, in terms of his qualities he brings as a player, as a person, as a competitor, as a warrior, and a leader of men.
"I'm putting a bit on him, but I know he can handle it. He's a proper football player and I'm delighted," said the former Sheffield United manager.
Lenihan becomes the clubs third signing after Ryan Giles and Liam Roberts also made the move to the Northeast.
Lenihan also has three caps for his country and played most recently against Ukraine in the Nations League campaign fixtures this month.