No Brainer For Grant Hall To Join Boro
By Robert Nichols
Friday 07 Aug 2020 16:59:00
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Neil Warnock is the main man as far as his first signing for Boro is concerned. The main man with the track record to realise new signing Grant Hall's Premier ambitions. And it is no coincidence that Neil Warnock started his team building with a player that lists leadership at the top of his skill set. Joining Neil Warnock and Boro was an easy decision.

The new signing told his tv interviewer at the signing press conference what had convinced him to come to Boro.

“To be honest Neil Warnock coming in was the main factor... or a massive part of it.”

Warnock has connections all over this league and they have come in handy for Boro.

Grant Hall continued about Warnock, “I worked with him at QPR but only for a brief spell and I saw what he was about then.”

But the big defender has ambitions and he feels he can realise them here.

“Obviously his (Warnock's) record speaks for itself with eight promotions and with me my ambition is to play in the Premier League and I feel like he is someone that can take this club back to where it needs to be basically.... It is a massive club as well, Middlesbrough.”

Hall then said some flattering things about the set-up at Boro.

“With all the facilities it has Premier League written all over it, to be honest. Even the hotel here, I have stayed here a few times when we have played down here and it is just lovely, everything about the area. They are just brilliant facilities and something I have not been used to. Obviously when I was at Spurs we did have those facilities but at QPR it was a bit different so yes it is really nice here.”

“Warnock said he is not coming here to just finish mid table. He said, you know me, he wants to go for promotion. And to be honest as I have said his record speaks for itself, every club he has gone in to that is what he has done. So when I thought about it, it was a no brainer, to be honest. My ambition is to get in the Premier League, that is where I want to be as a player.”

What can Boro fans expect from you as a player?

“Leadership, I was captain of QPR last season. I think the responsibility helped me as well. Off the pitch as well. Very comfortable on the ball. That is probably my main asset as a player, very comfortable on the ball. And I don't mind throwing myself and putting my body on the line, defending. That is what the fans can expect of me and I will always give 110%. If I am not having a good day I will always work as hard as I can. No matter what I will always give my all on the pitch.”

But what if it takes a bit more time to convert Boro from flirting with relegation to mounting a realistic promotion push?

“Promotion is my aim. I have not come here just to sit and be happy but I have signed a 3 year contract and if it takes 2 or 3 years so be it but everyone knows the Championship and it is probably the hardest league. Everyone beats everyone. There are no easy games in the league. So, of course it is not going to be easy, it is going to be very tough but who knows what can happen.”

It has been a quick turn around between the dramatic end of last season and preparations for the next campaign. But for Grant Hall things have felt very different to that.

“To be honest it has not really been quick for me, it has been a long wait to be honest. Obviously with the whole contract situation at QPR. Lockdown happened and my last game was March. So, it is a long time since I played football. I came back and trained for a brief spell and contract talks broke down there. And I felt it was the right time for me to move on anyway. It has been a while since I have trained as well so I am looking forward to the challenge and it has been a long time and I am just desperate to get started now.”

So, can Grant offer the leadership that Neil Warnock immediately recognised Boro were lacking?

“Yes, that is what he mentioned to me, he said it feels like that it was lacking a bit of leadership in the team. Every time I played Middlesbrough apart from this season they have been around the play offs or around promotion. So for Middlesbrough to be in that position last season was a bit of a shock to me as well, to be honest. Especially with the players that are at the club currently. I think there are some very good players here.”

And a final pledge from Grant.

“For whatever reason things didn't go right last year but hopefully I can play a part in turning that around this year. We can be looking up instead of down.”

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