By Ben Nagle for MailOnline
Published: 14:32 BST, 1 April 2019 | Updated: 17:58 BST, 1 April 2019
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