Tomlin eyes promotion charge

New signing Lee Tomlin says he is anxious to help Middlesbrough get back into the Premier League.

The 25-year-old midfielder joined Boro on deadline day from Peterborough, but suspension means he cannot make his debut until February 22nd.

"It's a massive move for me and Middlesbrough are a massive club," said Tomlin.

"It's another step in the right direction for me in terms of my career. I've come to a team that plays football.

"I'm going to miss Peterborough, but that's football. This is a massive club and it's trying to get back where it should be and hopefully I can help that.

"Middlesbrough are the right team, the right club for me and the way they play is everything I want. I can't wait, I'm just very excited."

Tomlin believes that despite being nine points off the play-off spots, Boro could yet mount a promotion bid.

"We've got everything to play for. If we get a few wins and a couple of teams slip up we've got every chance. You can never take your foot off the pedal," he said.

"There are some very good Championship and Premier League players here. There's a lot of experience and there are still quite a few games to go."