Middlesbrough to discuss Jason Steele cover

Jason Steele
Steele is out for three months after breaking his wrist in training

Middlesbrough coach Mark Proctor has said chairman Steve Gibson will discuss with boss Tony Mowbray whether they need to sign a new goalkeeper.

With Jason Steele sidelined for three months, Boro only have Welsh international Danny Coyne and 18-year-old Connor Ripley available.

Proctor told BBC Tees: "Ripley's played some league football, but very little.

"Steve will get his head together with the manager and decide if we need to bring in a more experienced keeper."

Middlesbrough are currently at a pre-season training camp in Slovenia where Proctor said a lot of attention is being paid to the squad's young players, including 18-year-old defender Adam Reach and 20-year-old midfielder Richard Smallwood.

Proctor said: "It's well documented that we aren't awash with money to bring players in.

"I think it's a good opportunity for young players to come through and grab a jersey and show them what they can do."

Despite Boro's need to balance the books following the loss of their Premier League parachute payments, Proctor is hopeful there will be more summer signings in addition to midfielder Malaury Martin, who he believes will be an excellent capture for the club.

"Obviously the season's three weeks away now and there will be one or two coming and goings hopefully. Let's hope that Malaury is the first of a few," he added.

"He's a very talented young man, he's very smooth with the ball, he's a technical player.

"He's predominantly right-footed but he can use his left, and he could play central or wide."

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