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Shay Given admits he had missed the buzz of playing football before his loan spell at Middlesbrough.

Last Updated: 19/12/13 at 13:57 Post Comment

Shay Given: Delighted to be getting playing time at Middlesbrough

Shay Given: Delighted to be getting playing time at Middlesbrough

The 37-year-old former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper had not figured in a senior game for parent club Aston Villa for 10 months when he made his Boro debut against Bolton last month.

Given told the Northern Echo: "It was 10 months or whatever since I played competitive football.

"It's nice to have the buzz of the pre-match build up, the excitement, the nerves again.

"You miss the furore surrounding the games. That's what you live for as a footballer.

"It's great to be back involved. You miss that. You might not forget it, but you do miss that match-day involvement."

Under the terms of the current agreement, Given is due to remain at the Riverside Stadium until January 2.

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