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Middlesbrough reveal no deal agreed for Brad Jones

Brad Jones
Jones has two caps for Australia

Middlesbrough have revealed that no deal has been agreed for goalkeeper Brad Jones, despite reported interest from Liverpool.

A club statement said that Boro "have not reached an agreement with any club" for Jones, 28, who missed Tuesday's 2-1 Carling Cup win at Chesterfield.

Meanwhile, Gordon Strachan would not reveal whether Jones would travel with the squad to Leicester on Saturday.

"We'll pick a squad tomorrow of available people," Strachan said.

"The big bonus is Jason Steele did terrifically well at Chesterfield."

Jones, who joined the club from Australian amateur side Bayswater City in 2000, has made 75 first-team appearances for the club, and spent time on loan at Blackpool, Rotherham, Stockport and Sheffield Wednesday.

Jones' rivals for the goalkeeper jersey at the Riverside are 36-year-old Danny Coyne, and teenager Steele.

Following on from his heroics in midweek at Chesterfield, Steele has said he will wait patiently for his chance at the club amid the Jones exit rumours.

The 19-year-old's start at the B2net Stadium was his Middlesbrough debut, while Coyne was between the posts for the injured Australian on Saturday.

"There are all sorts of rumours [about Jones' departure] flying about," Steele told BBC Tees.

"If Brad stays, he's number one and me and Danny have to get past him."

Tuesday's debut came six years after Steele signed schoolboy terms with the club from Newton Aycliffe Sports.

It is a late breakthrough for a player who has just a loan stint at Northampton to his name in terms of first-team action, but the County Durham-born keeper remains relaxed about his fortunes.

He added: "I'm still relatively a baby in goalkeeping years. Danny is 36 - look at how many games he's played.

"He's had a good career and it's my target to play as many games as him."

Strachan believes the inexperienced Steele justified his selection with an impressive display.

"We have to find out about players, because you might need them later on," he said.

"Not only did we find out that he's a good goalkeeper, but that his mental strength is good as well.

"That's what I look for in players, mental strength, and it looks like he's got it."

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see also
Chesterfield 1-2 Middlesbrough
10 Aug 10 |  League Cup
Jones to miss start of new season
04 Aug 09 |  Middlesbrough
Keeper Steele joins Northampton
27 Feb 10 |  Northampton

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