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Toronto director Mariner remaining calm following De Rosario exit

Toronto FC director of player development, Paul Mariner, insists that the club is comfortable following the departure of perhaps their best-ever player Dwayne De Rosario.

The former TFC captain was traded to New York Red Bulls last week which has caused a backlash from fans but former England international Mariner says there are enough experienced heads around the club to know that De Rosario's departure will not kill Toronto FC.

"You've got to believe in your own ability," he said. "I think the people in this room have got good insights into what it takes to put a team together."

However, Mariner did admit it would be nice to have kept the Canadian international but unfortunately he was looking for a bit more money which he couldn't get at BMO Field.

"We would have loved to have kept him," he added.

"I think it's just the financial package wasn't satisfactory to him."

And Mariner also said that the goal of the club was now to find a player appropriate for both on and off-field profitability.

"Trying to get a good product on the field so the fans can see that we're moving in the right direction," he said.

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Andrew Slevison
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