Friday, August 31, 2012

Transfer deadline post: Canadian edition

I don't care a lick for the breathless reportage of today's transfer deadline dealings but there have been a number of moves in the past 24 hours (and beyond) of particular relevance to Canada and our national team.

Tosaint Ricketts from FC Politehnica Timisoara (Romania) to Valerenga Olso (Norway)

In an earlier post I commented on a likely move from Rickett's Romanian club, which has not been paying him, to Dynamo Dresden of Germany's 2.Bundesliga. That move, however, was held up. With Ricketts putting pen to paper today, the Valerenga transfer seems more likely to stick.

Valerenga, of course, is Lars Hirschfeld's club and in a video interview, Tosaint makes it clear that the Lex-lookalike had a role to play in the discussions. Like Ricketts, Lars was a refugee from a bad situation in Transylvania. Ricketts will be competing for minutes at the club with former TFC whipping boy Chad Barrett. The agreement runs only until the end of 2012, but one would imagine if he shows well a longer contract would be in the offing.

Valerenga are currently 9th in Norway's Eliteserien, 8 points out of a European spot.

Nana Attakora signs with FC Haka (Finland), previously with San Jose Earthquakes

Attakora is another player who was called into a Canada squad earlier this year without having a full-time gig. His stock has dropped somewhat since a promising 2010 campaign with Toronto FC.  The standard of play in Finland's Veikkausliiga (top flight) is not high and Haka are bottom of the table, but it is Nana and for Canada for him to be playing. The league is home to a number of North Americans who were formerly on the bubble between NASL and MLS calibre -- Whitecaps fans will remember Mason Trafford and Justin Moose, both of whom currently ply their trade there.

John Molinaro has the goods on the deal.

Iain Hume loaned to Doncaster Rovers from Preston North End (both England League One)

Like Attakora, Hume was called earlier this year by Stephen Hart but was not selected for the two matches against Panama.  Hume has been made redundant by the emergence of Ricketts but may yet find his way back to the Canada squad. A good goal scoring performance over the course of his half-season loan at Doncaster would be a good step.

A poster by the name of Grizzly has a good analysis of Hume's career arc over at the Vs forums.

Ethan Gage signs with Nykopings (Swedish 4th tier)

Hey, remember Ethan Gage?  He used to play for the Whitecaps and stuff.  Was Canadian U20 player of the year in 2010. Ran off to Reading and did nought.  Now he's playing at a level that I highly doubt is fully professional, but hey, have fun doing it, ok? I'll report back if he moves on to a team of a higher standard.


Jamie said...

Gage has been in Nyköping since early July, if I'm not mistaken.
Div2 (Tier 4) in sweden is far from 'the bigs' but it's something.
Jamie in Uppsala

jonathan said...

So it would seem. 6 matches played, 1 goal and 2 assists.

But word of the move only reached the Voyageurs forums this week, so it was news to me.

Do you now if players at this level are paid a living wage?