Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Woodgate is hoping to have a fairytale ending to his career with his hometown club.

The 32-year-old, who has struggled with injuries throughout his time in football, left Barclays Premier League outfit Stoke in the summer to join Tony Mowbray's side.

Woodgate originally joined the club on-loan from Real Madrid in 2006, before making the move permanent the following year.

But the former Leeds defender soon left the Riverside for Tottenham and while at White Hart Lane, Woodgate was told a groin problem would end his career.

After proving the doctors wrong, he now wants to end his career on a high note by helping Middlesbrough, who are currently third in the npower Championship table, gain promotion.

He told the Daily Telegraph: "At 29 I thought (my career) was going to end. I was devastated.

"I refused to accept it and rejected their advice. It's paid off, I'm still playing and I've had this chance to come back home to Middlesbrough.

"I could have stayed at Stoke, I could have joined another Premier League club, but I wanted to give something back to my home town.

"I didn't play for them when I was a kid, so to come back for a second time and get them back into the Premier League, that'd be a happy ending wouldn't it?"