BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, July 24, 2012
After a long series of negotiations, American central defender Seb Hines has inked a new three year extension with Middlesbrough.

Hines, 24, has spent his entire professional career with Middlesbrough and made his debut with the club in 2007 when they were in the English Premier League.

Despite interest from other clubs such as Blackburn, Hines has elected to remain with Middlesbrough who are expected to contend this season for promotion into the English Premier League.

"The three year deal with Middlesbrough is done," Hines' agent Matthew Southall told YA.

In the past, Hines has played with English youth national teams from the U-16s through the U-19s. He was born in England to a father who was in the US military, but Hines has held a US passport since he was a young child.

Hines has said publically that he wants to play for the United States and will file a one-time switch as soon as he is invited to the US national team.