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Hoyte's a Lion

5 November 2013

Justin signs emergency loan deal

Lions boss Steve Lomas has boosted his defensive options with the addition of Middlesbrough right-back Justin Hoyte on an emergency loan deal until Wednesday 1st January. 

Hoyte, who turns 29 this month, trained with The Lions on Monday, and played in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Gillingham at The Den this afternoon. 

The London-born defender began his career as a trainee at Arsenal and signed a professional contract with The Gunners in 2003. 

In May of that year, he made his debut for Arsene Wenger's men as a late substitute in a 6-1 win over Southampton.

Further appearances were, however, restricted to League Cup games, and Hoyte's first real taste of consistent senior action was in a loan spell with Sunderland in the 2005/6 season. 

He made a total of 31 appearances for The Black Cats, and scored his only goal for the club in a 4-1 defeat to rivals Newcastle United in April 2006. 

Returning to The Emirates, Hoyte, who can also play at left-back and in central defence, went on to make 68 appearances for Arsenal before signing for Middlesbrough in August 2008. 

He's been a regular at the Riverside Stadium since then and has featured 162 times, 142 of which have been in League action. 

Hoyte has played for both England and the Trinidad & Tobago national side, and has appeared for the former at U16, U19, U20 and U21 level. 

He will wear the number 25 shirt at The Den.

An interview with Justin will be available very shortly on Lions Player. Click here to subscribe and take advantage of a two months for the price of one offer.

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