Date: 17th September 2012 at 7:51pm
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Clarets fans may well have missed the news in midweek that former central defender Andre Bikey had signed for Middlesbrough on a free transfer after agreeing a one year contract. The 27-year-old had been training with Boro following his release by Burnley at the end of last season, and became boss Tony Mowbray’s 12th signing.

‘Andre is a player I have liked for a long time. He is a different type of centre-half to what we have got,’ Mowbray said.

‘He is a very powerful defender who has real physicality and he also has good technical ability.

‘Andre hasn’t played a great deal of football in the last year but when he gets up to speed our supporters will see the qualities he possesses.’

The Cameroon international in fact turned out to be the last of the players released by Burnley at the end of last season to find a new job.

After signing for Middlesbrough he was handed his first start, four days after completing a move to the Riverside.

Did I just say Bikey and shouldn’t I have said Amougou? By all accounts not. Andre now has ‘Bikey’ again on the back of his shirt although this time it’s a red Boro one.

So far so good too for his new career after being praised by Tony Mowbray following his debut in Saturday’s 2-0 Championship win over Ipswich Town.

‘The decision wasn’t made until Friday afternoon, but he showed up well in training,’ Mowbray told BBC Tees.

‘He’s tremendously strong, different to our other defenders, a huge physical presence and we needed that.’

Mowbray added: ‘We were compact and it helped him do what he’s good at.’

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