Player of the Year Jonny Howson is relishing the prospect of going that extra step further with Boro this season after signing a new contract with the club.
The 34-year-old marked the return to pre-season training by signing a new one-year contract to extend his stay on Teesside to a sixth season.
"I'm very excited and looking forward to the season ahead," said Jonny after putting pen to paper.
"It's great to feel wanted and that the club wanted me to stay, and I can't wait for the new season to start.
"It was disappointing not making the play-offs, but hopefully we'll have a more successful season this time around."