Martin Carter (left, Middlesbrough head of Academy recruitment) and Portadown FC Youth's Noel Cowan at Shamrock Park confirming the paperwork.

Middlesbrough: Shared ideals key to Portadown partnership

The gap between Portadown and Middlesbrough is measured beyond miles - with the Irish League outfit essentially operating on a part-time basis off the dedication of volunteers compared to the professional resources enjoyed by a club having performed at the highest level in England.

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