Kevin Long signs for Toronto FC

The former Republic of Ireland international signed for the MLS side on Tuesday. 

Birmingham City defender Kevin Long has joined Canadian side Toronto for an undisclosed fee. 

The move see’s the former Cork City player end his 13-month stay with the Championship club after 40 appearances for Blues,

Long, 33, was signed on loan from Burnley in January 2023 by John Eustace, before agreeing a one-year deal in June, but he made just two appearances under former manager Wayne Rooney after Eustace was sacked.

Since the departure of Rooney in January and the arrival of Tony Mowbray, he has made four appearances.

" We are thrilled to welcome Kevin to the Toronto FC family," said Toronto FC Head Coach John Herdman when speaking to the club media. 

"Kevin's experience will be a welcome addition to TFC’s back line. He's here to help rebuild the club and is hungry for success."

"We are very happy to add a player of Kevin's pedigree and experience to our backline this season,” said Toronto FC General Manager Jason Hernandez. 

“During his time in the UK, Kevin has demonstrated an ability to perform in some very difficult leagues, and he will provide us with the leadership necessary to reinforce our central defence. We are excited to add not only a quality player but a quality character to our group."

Long has 17 caps for the Republic of Ireland after making his debut in 2017 against Mexico and was a regular squad member during the tenure of Martin O’Neill. 

The Corkman’s last appearance for the Boys in Green was in the Nations League against Bulgaria in 2020 under Stephen Kenny. 

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