Date: 3rd March 2007 at 9:25am
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Having already had a fair bit to say ahead of today`s match Woody chipped in with the reasoning for his summer move to the Smogs rather than ourselves:

“That’s fair enough, that is Glenn’s opinion (that his fitness was a worry), but obviously it might have backfired on him a bit. I have come to Boro and stayed fit. I knew I would stay fit because I had done a pre-season at Madrid, probably the hardest I have ever done. I played in all the pre-season games and had been working hard off the field every day with Dave Hancock (his personal fitness coach).

I came to Boro and knew they had a great medical team behind them. Newcastle wanted me because they spoke to me. I don’t know if they wanted me as much as Boro. At the end of the day, it was my choice. I chose Boro and I made the right decision. I talked to both Newcastle and Boro. They seemed keen enough but I liked the way Steve Gibson and Gareth Southgate were. Glenn seemed like a really nice bloke and so is the Newcastle chairman (Freddy Shepherd) but I decided to opt for Boro. I am from here and the manager and chairman were really good.’

Meanwhile Glenn confirmed what Woodgate said, believing that he would have needed a crystal ball to predict that the England defender would actually manage 27 starts for a club this season.