This week news broke that former Real Salt Lake forward Robbie Findley has landed a deal with Nottingham Forrest in the Championship in England.
According to RSL general manager Garth Lagerwey, that may be a good destination for the young speedster.
“I think championship might be a good fit for Robbie, as it really values athleticism,” Lagerwey told MLSSoccer.com. “It's about the same level as MLS, so clearly Robbie is good enough to succeed there if he can withstand the physical pounding.”
Former teammate and good friend Kyle Beckerman agreed.
“I’m super excited for him. I think it’s a great fit," Beckerman said. "The team he is going to has a lot of ambition, and that could make it something really exciting for Robbie.”
If he does find success, he’ll be the second striker in consecutive seasons to leave RSL for a career in Europe and prove that they belong there. This past year saw Yura Movsisyan make the swtich, and he helped lead Randers FC back from the brink of relegation in the Danish Superliga.
Beckerman spoke to Findley recently and says that the former RSL’er is champing at the bit after a disappointing 2010 season.
“He’s excited and he can’t wait to get things going," Beckerman said. “He kept a good head on his shoulders, and kept working hard for us. Everybody knows that strikers go through hot streaks and cold streaks, and that was Robbie’s first real cold streak. What’s important is that when he’s not scoring, he’s still doing things to help his team win.”