Jelle Vossen: Twitter campaign delights Middlesbrough striker

Jelle Vossen
Vossen scored 105 goals in 244 games in a four-year spell with Genk

Belgium striker Jelle Vossen wants to repay Middlesbrough fans for the online show of support that accompanied his eventual move from Genk this summer.

Vossen, 25, had been a Boro target for at least a year but did not complete his season-long loan move until the end of the transfer window.

Meanwhile, Boro fans had set up a Twitter campaignexternal-link in a bid to bring the 12-cap international to the club.

"It was amazing, I never thought it would be so big," Vossen told BBC Tees.

"It was great to follow on Twitter and there were a lot of fans involved.

"I'm very happy to be here and I hope to give them something back as fast as possible."

During a four-year spell with Genk, the Bilzen-born forward scored 105 goals in 244 games.

Despite leaving a club in Belgium's top flight to play in the second tier of English football, Vossen sees his switch to the Championship as a move up the football chain.

"It's a different way of playing. I had 13 years at Genk and I needed a new challenge so that's why I'm here," he said.

"Obviously the facilities in England are amazing, the stadium and the training ground are excellent and it's a step forward out of Belgium."