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BRING ON THE BIG BOYS; Leadbitter: Winning promotion was amazing, but now we're focused on Premier League.

Byline: Dominic Shaw Sports Writer dominic.shaw@trinitymirror.com

WINNING promotion with Boro and the incredible celebrations that followed will live with Grant Leadbitter forever - but the skipper says it's time to move on and has already turned his attention to next season.

Boro wouldn't have secured a spot in next season's Premier League had it not been for the togetherness of the squad, says the proud captain, who described winning promotion as "the best feeling ever".

And the club captain reflected on that memorable day of celebrating in Middlesbrough town centre, saying the scenes in the Dickens Inn highlighted the unity in the dressing room.

"I think the celebrations showed the strength of the spirit within the group and that was one of the reasons why we achieved what we did," said Leadbitter.

"I remember the feeling of emotion when the final whistle went - I was next to Clayts. It'd been a year in the making and we'd achieved what we set out to achieve.

"It was the best feeling ever. In the dressing room it was all the people togetherthe team is built around the group. We wouldn't have got through it without the togetherness of the group."

A night do at Rockliffe on the evening of the game against Brighton was followed by a Sunday in the Dickens for some members of the squad, who Turn to Page 47

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Albert Adomah and Boro captain Grant Leadbitter after they secured promotion to the Premier League

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 28, 2016
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