sport news Stewart Downing free to start for Middlesbrough again after club cancel bizarre ...

Stewart Downing free to start for Middlesbrough again after club reach agreement to cancel bizarre contract clause that forced him onto the bench Stewart Downing was a mainstay during first half of season at Middlesbrough Due to a clause in his contract, he has not started a league game since December If he had started, Downing would have been given an extra year on his contract An agreement has now been made to cancel the clause so he can start again

By Ben Nagle for MailOnline

Published: 14:32 BST, 1 April 2019 | Updated: 17:58 BST, 1 April 2019

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Stewart Downing is free to start for Middlesbrough again after the club cancelled a bizarre clause in his contract that meant another place in Tony Pulis' XI would have triggered an automatic one-year extension. 

The former England winger was a mainstay throughout the first half of the season but has not started a league game since December, instead regularly coming off the bench to feature in the second half of matches.

Pulis was told not to start the 34-year-old again at the turn of the year, due to a strange clause in his contract that meant if he started one more match he would automatically get a further year on

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