‘We’re taking over mate’: Boro’s new A-Leagues pair embracing Aussie history

There are now three Australians playing for Middlesbrough after Sam Silvera and Tom Glover joined Riley McGree at the EFL Championship club in England.

And the message is clear.

“We’re taking over mate,” Former Melbourne City goalkeeper Glover told Boro Live as the club’s Aussie contingent grew.

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Isuzu UTE A-League champions Central Coast Mariners netted a club-record transfer fee following Silvera’s move to the Riverside, while Glover was snapped up as a free agent after leaving three-time reigning premiers City in Melbourne.

It means they are together with Socceroos midfielder and A-Leagues graduate McGree, who was part of the side that reached the Championship play-off semi-finals under Manchester United legend Michael Carrick last season.

“I’ve known Riley for years and I started to think he didn’t have many mates here because he was messaging me everyday asking when I’m coming,” joked Glover.

“Obviously know Sammy playing against him. He put one past me in the Grand Final (a 6-1 win for the Mariners last month) which I wasn’t too happy about. He is a good lad.”

When it was put to Silvera if Middlesbrough should now become the ‘Bororoos‘, the 22-year-old smiled and replied: “I think you’re going to have to change that name somehow, yeah”.

“Watching Riley how good he’s been last season and Rhys Williams how he had a big career here,” Silvera added. “They were welcomed really well and felt comfortable here. Again that was a huge factor in my decision.

The two transfers maintains Boro’s rich history with Australian players.

Socceroos legends Mark Schwarzer and Mark Viduka starred for the club previously, while Scott McDonald, Rhys Williams, Brad Jones, Paul Okon, Tony Vidmar, Luke Wilkshire, Craig Johnston and Massimo Luongo also represented Boro.

“I actually spoke to Brad last week about it and he was giving me all the places to stay and what to do. He told me all about the club and didn’t say one bad word,” Glover said.

Boro have not played in the Premier League since they were relegated at the end of the 2016-17 season.

And Glover – who was called up the Socceroos for last month’s friendly against Lionel Messi’s Argentina – said: “This is a Premier League club in the Championship.

“Ultimately my goal is to get back into the Premier League with this club. It’s a pretty big goal of mine.”