Irish international O'Dea off to Toronto
Irish international Darren O’Dea is copying a lot of other young Irish men and emigrating to Canada.
The Irish international who was part of Giovanni Trapattoni’s squad for the European Championships is taking his talents to Toronto FC having started his career with Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic.
After an initial few promising seasons when he was first blooded by Martin O’Neill O’Dea’s progress had stalled and he had been farmed out on loan to various clubs in the lower tiers of English football including Reading, Ipswich and Leeds.
The 25-year has been capped by Ireland 14-times and from quotes from O’Dea in today’s Evening Herald ‘Il Trap’ has given the move his blessing.
"I spoke to Trapattoni about it and he was fine about me going there, he said it was a good thing to do," O'Dea said
"His only concern was in terms of the international team and me being released for games and being able to travel. I spoke to the club about it before I signed and they were happy for me to carry on playing for Ireland.
"It does mean more travelling but players do this all the time -- play for clubs in the MLS and go back to Europe to play for their countries.”
Following the move of Andy O’Brien to the Vancouver Whitecaps and Robbie Keane banging the goals in for LA Galaxy it shows that even millionaire Irish footballers are heading across the Atlantic Ocean for work .