It was a no-brainer to return to Stevenage says Mousinho

John Mousinho, left, celebrates Boro's second goal. Photo: Harry Hubbard

John Mousinho, left, celebrates Boro's second goal. Photo: Harry Hubbard - Credit: Archant

Midfielder, who has joined on loan from Preston North End, says he is ‘loving’ being back at Boro following last night’s win over Gillingham

John Mousinho says the draw of helping the club that he fired into League 1 almost three years ago to remain in the same division come the end of this season made it an easy decision for him to re-join Stevenage.

The man who struck the winning goal in the League 2 play-off final against Torquay United in 2011 has returned to the club until the end of the season on loan, and on Tuesday he helped his new team-mates to a moral-boosting home win against Gillingham.

Playing out of position at centre-back, the 27-year-old helped Stevenage to a 3-1 victory against Peter Taylor’s side, and afterwards said he wanted to help bring more good times to the club.

“When [Graham Westley] signed me here the first time we had a tremendous amount of success,” Mousinho, who left Boro for Preston in the summer of 2012, said.


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“We got promoted that first year and we had a real go at League 1 in the second year. Replicating something good like that is a massive draw for me.

“It feels great to be back. Of course it feels different as we’re 18 months down the line and even the stadium’s gone through a bit of a development while we’ve also got the new training ground and it’s a new set of players.

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“On top of that though it’s the same manager, the same fans and pretty much the same atmosphere and I think that’s helped with the transition.

“I can tell coming to training that there’s enough ability in the squad. Confidence sometimes gets knocked when you’re struggling for results [but against Gillingham] we got the result playing good football. It’s been absolutely brilliant so far, I’m loving it.”

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