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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 August, 2003, 12:21 GMT 13:21 UK
Nash joins Boro
Carlo Nash
Nash was understudy to Peter Schmeichel last season
Middlesbrough have signed goalkeeper Carlo Nash from Manchester City for a nominal fee.

The 29-year-old, who has also played for Stockport and Crystal Palace, trained with his new team-mates on Thursday morning.

He replaces Mark Crossley, who signed for Fulham for 500,000 yesterday.

Nash, who joined City in January 2001, made over 40 appearances for the club.

But the keeper aimed a parting shot at City boss Kevin Keegan for not giving him a fair chance at landing a first-team spot with the Blues.

Nash was told by Keegan he had no chance of ousting David Seaman from his preferred starting line-up.

I wouldn't have left if I had thought there was a future for me here because I have really enjoyed my time at City
Carlo Nash
It was the same story last season when Peter Schmeichel held the number one jersey.

"I don't mind a fight for my place with anyone, as long as it is a fair one. But for the last two years it hasn't been," the former Stockport keeper told BBC GMR.

"If Peter last season and David this are fit, they will play. After speaking to the manager, it was obvious I didn't have a future at City as long as he was here.

"I went in to see Kevin at the beginning of pre-season just to find out where I stood.

"He didn't really commit himself, so I just carried on and had probably the most enjoyable pre-season ever.

"Then the manager told me on Tuesday the club had accepted an offer for me from Middlesbrough. Once I went up and spoke to them I decided to sign.

"I wouldn't have left if I had thought there was a future for me here because I have really enjoyed my time at City.

"But you have to respect the wishes of the manager, so it is time to move on."

Nash will initially act as understudy to Mark Schwarzer at the Riverside but he feels he has a realistic chance of forcing his way into Steve McClaren's line-up.

He will also benefit from the coaching of Paul Barron, who he already knows from his Crystal Palace days.

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