TFC rewards defender Nick Hagglund with multi-year contract extension
Toronto FC defender Nick Hagglund (6) celebrates his goal against the Montreal Impact with teammates Michael Bradley (4) and Steven Beitashour (33) during second half MLS Eastern Conference playoff soccer final action in Toronto on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, March 16, 2017 11:06AM EDT
Toronto FC has re-signed defender Nick Hagglund to a multi-year contraction extension.
The 24-year-old Hagglund, in his fourth year with the club, starts on the left side of coach Greg Vanney's three-man backline.
"Nick has established himself as a very reliable defender in MLS," Toronto GM Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement. "We have watched his continual growth both as a player and person since being drafted in 2014. He is an important part of our club and someone that has stepped up whenever or wherever he has been needed.
"We are pleased to give him this well-deserved extension and ensure he remains part of Toronto FC."
The contract extension for Hagglund is a vote of confidence given the off-season arrival of French-born Conoglese defender Chris Mavinga.
In recent months, Toronto has rewritten contracts for goalkeeper Clint Irwin and forward Tosaint Ricketts to keep them in the fold long-term.
At US$63,000 last season, according to MLS Players Union salary figures, Hagglund was a bargain.
Toronto took Hagglund 10th overall in the first round of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. He has made 69 appearances in all competitions for Toronto with three goals and six assists. Hagglund played in all six of Toronto's playoff matches last season.
At six foot one and 193 pounds, he is a force to be reckoned with -- especially in the air. A centre back and occasional right fullback in the past, the Ohio native has also worked hard on his left foot, to fit in on the left side of defence.