Toronto FC looking to ramp up Designated Player plans

CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Tim Leiweke says plans are in place to bring in a Designated Player to Toronto FC.

CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Tim Leiweke says plans are in place to bring in a Designated Player to Toronto FC.

The Canadian club parted ways with general manager Kevin Payne this week but immediately said that MLSE will help whoever replaces him in finding an apt DP to bring to BMO Field.

“I would say that our involvement will be on big contracts and big commitments on behalf of our owners. We will be involved in trying to find the right DPs and trying to make the right deals,” Leiweke said.

“(Head coach) Ryan (Nelsen) is helping and leading the charge on identifying the players that he wants.

“They are DPs and they are marquee DPs and he is anxious and excited about that. Ryan and I are 100 percent on the same page on this January window and what we are looking for and on the players we are looking for. We have had specific conversations about targets.”

He added: “We will be over in Europe soon and we have already had conversations with teams and agents, so that we understand what is out there, who we want and how they fit into the rest of Ryan’s team.”

 
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