Christian Burgess handed Middlesbrough professional deal
Middlesbrough have signed former Arsenal academy defender Christian Burgess on a two-year deal.
Burgess, 20, who had trials with West Ham and Tottenham, was studying history at Birmingham University last season after a spell at Bishop's Stortford.
"I'm really looking forward to the challenge of professional football at Middlesbrough," Burgess said.
“This is the opportunity I have always wanted”
"I'm looking forward to getting started and making the most of this chance. This is the opportunity I've wanted."
The defender, who had a trial spell in the Teessiders' development squad last season, will come under the tutelage of first-team manager Tony Mowbray, himself a former central defender.
"I've spoken briefly with Tony and it's nice he has shown some confidence in me," Burgess added.