Eaden sees ex-England Under 21 centre half Miles Addison as perhaps the most important signing he will make this season. The former Derby County and Bournemouth player moves to Liberty Way after a spell at Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League.
Eaden said: "With only a handful of players under contract from last season, I'm starting with almost a blank canvas. It is vitally important that I build a strong spine to the side and Miles is probably the most important signing. Centre halves are vital to every side and I need to get mine right.
"I met with Miles only yesterday and he seemed very excited to join the Boro'. Some players like to take their time and to and fro before making the decision, but Miles was very confident in his own ability and wanted to showcase it with us. He has a good grounding from his time at Derby County and will bring vital experience to the whole team.”
Addison made his debut for the Rams, at the age of 17, in a 1-1 Championship draw with Hull City but found first team opportunities hard to come by under Billy Davies. With the appointment of Paul Jewell Addison moved in to a midfield role and became a fixture in the first team. With rumours of a £2million move to the Premier League the imposing Londoner won Derby's Young Player of the Season award before breaking in to the Three Lions' Under 21s, making his debut against Greece in a European Championship qualifier.
"We will probably have a few youngsters in the team next season” continued Eaden, “so having a player of Miles' experience will be a huge benefit to everyone." The 29 year old has made more than 100 appearances for Football League clubs in his career for sides including Derby County, Bournemouth and Blackpool. He is the second player to put pen to paper since Eaden took the Boro hot seat last week, joining former Coventry City midfielder Devon Kelly-Evans.
Updated 18:22 - 20 Jun 2018 by Adam Etheridge