Currie makes a bid to join Galaxy
DARREN Currie is refusing to build his hopes too high as he looks to start a two-week trial with LA Galaxy today.The Major League Soccer side, managed by former Town star Frank Yallop have just returned from a pre-season training camp in Bermuda and are holding a second series of trials for invited players.
By Derek Davis
DARREN Currie is refusing to build his hopes too high as he looks to start a two-week trial with LA Galaxy today.
The Major League Soccer side, managed by former Town star Frank Yallop have just returned from a pre-season training camp in Bermuda and are holding a second series of trials for invited players.
Almost 800 hopefuls from all around the world turned up for an open trial at the beginning of February and that has been whittled down to 30 who, along with Currie, are hoping to earn a contract.
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Galaxy's season starts on April 8 against Houston Dynamo but even if Currie is successful he will not be able to play for them until his contract ends with Ipswich on June 30, due to international registration.
Currie said: “It's a two-week trial. No more than that at this stage and I will see how things develop from there.
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“I have always thought about the possibility of playing abroad and this is a great opportunity for me to see how football works somewhere else.”
Although Currie was a Town Player of the Year last season, he has not been a major part of Jim Magilton's plans this season and spent a spell on loan at Coventry City in December.
It was thought he would sign for the Sky Blues but Town then demanded cash for him, which hampered a deal and then Mickey Adams was sacked.
Currie knows he has no future at Ipswich under Magilton and is planning his future with the possibility of playing in the burgeoning MLS.
He said: “It's an exciting opportunity for me and I'm really looking forward to it.
“I've had a great time at Ipswich, met some fantastic people but with my contract up in the summer, it looks like I will be moving on.
“This season has been a difficult one for me because for long periods I have not been playing and any player will tell you that it's all about being out on the pitch.
“Jim Magilton has been great to me though and said he wouldn't stand in my way if I wanted to go over to Los Angeles and see what's going on.”
If he is offered a contract he would play alongside David Beckham, who will move to LA from Real Madrid in July in a deal worth around £26m a year for five years, in basic wages and commercial endorsements.
The former England captain's decision to play in America is bound to spark an exodus of top English players and New England Revolution, managed by Steve Nicol, are in talks with Robbie Fowler about a move there.