Former Boro striker is Hungary for success
FORMER Boro striker Anthony Elding has wished his old club all the best in their bid for promotion to the Football League – all the way from Hungary. Elding, who scored 55 goals for Boro in 119 league and FA cup games between 2002 and 2006 before moving o
FORMER Boro striker Anthony Elding has wished his old club all the best in their bid for promotion to the Football League - all the way from Hungary.
Elding, who scored 55 goals for Boro in 119 league and FA cup games between 2002 and 2006 before moving on to Boston United, signed for Hungarian club Ferencvaros in January after a season at Crewe Alexandra.
Speaking exclusively to The Comet, Elding said he still has fond memories of his time at Boro and wants to see Graham Westley's men win promotion this season from the Blue Square Premier.
"I've seen they are top. It is a fantastic club and I enjoyed a good few seasons there," Elding said.
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"The staff are fantastic people and always made me feel very welcome. That is why I played very well and scored lots of goals. It's very important to be loved as a player. I wish them all the best in their push to the Football League."
Elding has signed an 18-month deal with his new club after being asked to make the switch by former Sheffield United centre-back Craig Short who is in charge of the Hungarian outfit.
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"I was free to leave Crewe (in November) and Craig phoned one night and said he has had good reports about me and would I be interested. I said yes straight away.
"It was massive for me to have Craig Short show interest in me because Craig was a fantastic player in England and when someone like him shows an interest you know over the years you have been doing something right.
"I've signed an 18 month contract and I'm very excited about playing for the club. It is going to be a fantastic experience for me and the family."
Elding admitted he did not know much about Hungarian football before he made the journey east but has already played in three mid-season friendlies and is raring to get his chance in the league where his new club lie in 11th place.
"I'd not really heard about the football but I can remember Ferencvaros playing Newcastle and Liverpool," the 27-year-old said.
"The difference in play is slower but more technical and the players at Ferencvaros all train the way they play.
"In England players don't train with high tempo only on match day. The style of play will suit me down to the ground as I love passing the football and as a striker at this club with these players you will always get chances to score goals.
"My aim is very simple: it's to come here and score lots of goals and help the club progress.
"I think it would be fantastic for the club to reach Europe. For me that would be a dream.