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Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate says the EFL's decision to resume the Championship season on June 20 was music to his ears.
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Jonathan Woodgate

The Boro squad returned to their Rockliffe training base last week for the first time in two months, and will step up their preparations for the big restart.

“That’s the news we’ve been waiting for,” said Woodgate. “As a club we’ve made no secret of the fact we wanted to restart the season when it is deemed safe enough to do so.

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“We’ve followed the guidance of the authorities all along, and will continue to do so.

“It isn’t a lot of time, but the players worked to their own programmes during lockdown, and came back here last week.

“We’d had June 20 in mind as a possible date to return, and were already working towards that date.

“We had a good week last week and we’ll step things up this week, and keep moving forwards now.

“It’ll be a different environment without our supporters, but it is what it is, and safety has to come first.

"We have four home games left and we will have to adapt to that.”