Nigel Reo-Coker, a figure that's become much maligned in the eyes of Bolton fans, is leaving the country. According to Sky Sports, the former Bolton Wanderers, Aston Villa, West Ham, and Ipswich Town midfielder has agreed terms with MLS and Vancouver Whitecaps. With the MLS season kicking off in just nine days, both he and Vancouver will have to work somewhat quickly in order for him to be eligible for Martin Rennie's team on First Kick against Toronto.
Speaking to Sky, Reo-Coker said:
"I am delighted, it will be a new experience and I can't wait.
"I am looking forward to the challenge. The contract is for four years, it is something new, exciting and a change of environment and something I am looking forward too.
"I have done my research, I have spoken to Shaka Hislop and Robbie Earle, guys I have played with and who are now working and living there and it is a growing industry and thought it was something I should try.
"It was not an easy decision, I had opportunities to stay in England or even go to Russia and they pursued me, but I felt this is something I really want to try and experience.
"It is an amazing city and as I said I did my research and I spoke with people who have been in MLS and are still there, and everything just seemed to fall into place."
Nigel had reportedly attracted interest from Major League Soccer sides Red Bull NY and Portland Timbers just a month ago but those rumors were just that.
At Vancouver, Reo-Coker will join former Wanderer Andy O'Brien as well as a number of Premier League veterans in Jay Demerit (formerly of Watford), Lee Young-Pyo (formerly of Tottenham Hotspur), and Kenny Miller (formerly of Derby County in the Premier League as well as Rangers, Celtic, and Cardiff City among others).
If and when the story becomes official as well as terms of his contract revealed, we will be sure to update.