After a few terrible seasons without any real quality in the full-back positions, Toronto has locked up a mainstay starter to secure this position.
Last season, English full-back Richard Eckersley was signed on loan from League Championship side Burnley. In his first season with The Reds, Eckersley showed competence at right-back, a desire to push forward and attack from the back, as well as great heart and desire on the pitch.
However, after finally finding the right-back the team needed, it became evident that retaining Eckersley from his loaner team would not be an easy task due to finances and league policies. In fact, there were several instances in this short offseason where it appeared as though this signing would not be possible.
At only 22 years of age, Eckersley holds and has already proven a great deal of potential to be successful in the MLS. Both team and fans alike can breathe one deep sigh of relief that this deal has been finalized. Per Toronto FC, club manager and technical director Aron Winter stated:
“Signing Richard was a very high offseason priority, our team has worked tirelessly to ensure he would be returning. This signing represents another successful step in our off season progress as a club. Richard is an important player for our club. We know our fans will be excited to see Richard on the pitch.”
No contract information has been released to date, but this is a permanent move to secure Eckersley.