Ghana midfielder Albert Adomah has thanked Middlesbrough supporters after he was loudly cheered during Aston Villa's 1-0 victory over the North East side in the Championship on Saturday.
The 30-year-old, who provided assist for the lone goal, became a cult hero at Middlesbrough in 2016 after helping the team clinch qualification to the Premier League.
However, lack of playing time in Aitor Karanka's outfit forced him to leave and only made his first appearance at the venue with Villa.
"I never got a proper chance to say 'goodbye' to the Boro fans when I left," Adomah said.
"I would like to thank them for the reception they gave me yesterday, before and during the game, but not just for that. I would like to thank them for the support they gave me and my family while I was there.
"I really enjoyed my time with the Boro and I like to think I had a good relationship with the fans. Looks like I have after what happened on Saturday.
"That was very special and meant a lot to me, so thank you Boro fans, I'll always look out for your team's result," he added.
He was able to make over 140 appearances for Middlesbrough, scoring 28 goals.
Adomah is currently Villa’s topscorer after netting 11 times and providing three assists.