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Thursday, 24 August, 2000, 17:15 GMT 18:15 UK
Job makes Middlesbrough his priority
Joseph-Desire Job
Joseph-Desire Job will not be going to the Olympics
Cameroon striker Joseph-Desire Job has turned down a chance to play in the Olympic Games in Sydney next month to concentrate on his Premier League career with Middlesbrough.

Job, a 3million signing from French club Lens, has made an impressive start in England with a debut goal at Coventry and another fine performance against Tottenham.

Those displays have convinced manager Bryan Robson that Job will make an impact in the Carling Premiership.

Robson said: "Job has a lot of natural ability and I am sure he will excite the fans.

"The fact that he prefers to establish himself at Middlesbrough, and help the club achieve things, is great for the club."

Meanwhile, another Boro striker, Hamilton Ricard, has escaped a ban after being sent off for violent conduct in a pre-season game in Spain.

Robson thought he would lose the services of the Colombian international for three matches after he was shown the red card for elbowing an opponent against Spanish Third Division side Linense.

The Spanish referee, however, has not reported the offence to the Football Association, leaving Middlesbrough's leading scorer for the past two seasons available to play against Leeds, Derby and Everton.

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