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Ex-Man Utd defender Eckersley determined to gain Toronto FC recall

Richard Eckersley says he will do everything in his power to force his way back into Toronto FC's starting line-up.

The 24-year old English right-back has missed TFC's past three MLS outings with head coach Ryan Nelsen preferring Mark Bloom in his place.

Eckersley is well aware he may not have much of a future at Toronto, especially after Nelsen suggested a player of his position is overpaid, but he is determined to continue doing the right things so he can play first team soccer again in the 2013 MLS season.

"Coach is planning for next season," Eckersley said following the weekend's 4-1 win over DC United. "Whether I'm here or not, that's fine. I'm going to stay classy.

"I'm going to try and get back into the team because I want to finish the season strong.

"I can't give too much away because there are games left. My main objective no is just train hard and work for the coach."

The former Manchester United man added: "I was injured, apparently, but I wasn't. I was OK. I had a bit of a dead leg. I've played on dead legs before.

"Bloomy has done well. I take my hat off to him. He deserves to start. I've got to work to get back in."

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