With a number of Canadians out of contract this summer, it was only a matter of time before they started finding new homes. On Thursday, the first shoe dropped.
Defender/midfielder David Edgar has signed a two-year deal with Birmingham City, the club announced. The 27-year-old from Kitchener, Ontario, spent the last five years at Burnley after a five-year stint with Newcastle United.
Edgar is one of the few Canadians to score in the Premier League in recent years, having scored a famous goal against Manchester United as a member of Newcastle, back in 2007.
Edgar’s most recent club, Burnley, won promotion to the Premier League this season, but Edgar saw reduced playing time as the season wore on, and the writing appeared to be on the wall. The hope for Canadian national team head coach Benito Floro – who sees Edgar as one of his key players – is that Birmingham City will provide a greater opportunity for playing time over the next two seasons.