Whitecaps snap up Middlesbrough man

Barry Robson is to leave Middlesbrough in the summer having lined up a move to join Major League Soccer side Vancouver Whitecaps.

The Scotland midfielder, 33, has penned a pre-contract agreement and will move to Canada in July, bringing an end to a two-and-a-half-year spell at the Riverside.

Robson’s Boro contract was due to expire at the end of this season and he has now set his sights on going out on a high – by helping the club clinch promotion to the top flight.

"I’ve enjoyed my time with Middlesbrough enormously and the move to England has been good for me and for my career," he told Boro’s official website.

"My immediate priority is to help Boro win promotion to the Premier League, where the club and their supporters deserve to be."

He added: "I’d like to wish Tony Mowbray, the club and the fans, who have welcomed me so warmly since I came here, the very best for the future.

"I’m very excited to be joining Whitecaps and to continue my career in Major League Soccer. My family and I are also looking forward to our move to the beautiful city of Vancouver. But I’ll be keeping a very close eye on Boro’s fortunes from Canada and they will always have a special place in my heart."

Robson joined Middlesbrough from Celtic two years ago.