Huckerby in Canada link
Toronto FC chief Mo Johnston has not ruled out an MLS escape route for Norwich reject Darren Huckerby.The 32-year-old was reportedly a January target for the Canadian franchise which has a growing Canary enclave with Huckerby's ex-Carrow Road team mates Jim Brennan and Carl Robinson plying their trade in the embryonic league.
Toronto FC chief Mo Johnston has not ruled out an MLS escape route for Norwich reject Darren Huckerby.
The 32-year-old was reportedly a January target for the Canadian franchise which has a growing Canary enclave with Huckerby's ex-Carrow Road team mates Jim Brennan and Carl Robinson plying their trade in the embryonic league.
Johnston wants fresh attacking reinforcements to build on Toronto's encouraging start to the new Eastern Conference season.
Huckerby's MLS link re-surfaced following his City exit earlier this week alongside a possible reunion north of the border with Celtic mentor Gordon Strachan.
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The fans' favourite fuelled speculation after again stressing his desire not to face the Canaries when he became a free agent at the end of June.
Former Celtic striker Johnston is now Toronto's Director of Soccer following the appointment of ex-Newcastle coach John Carver in the close season.
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Johnston revealed the club are in the market for more firepower after recruiting former Premiership imports Danny Dichio and Laurent Robert.
Trinidad & Tobago international frontman Colin Samuel left the Canadian club last week to sign a two year deal with Scottish First Division St Johnstone.
“It's always important that we keep looking at different players,” said Johnston. “You can never have a set roster year in and year out. There are five or six MLS teams that have players - some who are playing, some who aren't - that I might be interested in signing. We are still looking for a striker. The way the rules are in this league you can't stand still. I love that I can look out on that pitch and see players that I have got in. That's a good feeling.”
Huckerby's agent, Phil Smith, confirmed his man is already in demand.
“There are options but I'm not going to go into them,” he said. “It is too early to tell where Darren is going to go. A couple of clubs expressed an interest a few weeks ago and we expect a few more to come out now, but Darren wanted the Norwich situation to unfold naturally and he wanted to commit himself for the rest of the season.”
Smith insisted there were no hard feelings towards the Canaries over the manner of Huckerby's sudden departure.
“They have got to do what they have got to do, what any business has to do, and look after themselves,” he said. “Lots of other players are in Darren's plight and others are not in as good a position as his. But there is no animosity with the club or how this was dealt with. I haven't got a problem with them. If Norwich were to have gone down to League One, they would have had to budget for it. Now they know they're in the Championship, they have to budget for that.
“Now he can hold his head up high and no that there was no reason for him to go other than them not offering a contract to him. I haven't spoken to anyone at the club, no one has contacted me and Darren was adamant he wanted to let it play out naturally.”