by Thomas Rooney
First of all, let me get something straight. I am aware that the biggest story surrounding Norwich City this morning isn’t where Darren Huckerby’s future lies. The deal with Peter Cullum has apparently collapsed and there is set to be a backlash from fans who believe the board have turned down a decent offer from a billionaire fan.
I’m just too angry and frustrated to comment on this just now. I don’t feel I know enough about what has happened with the negotiations to cast a valid opinion.
Instead, let’s talk about someone who caused a different kind of backlash from Canary fans – Darren Huckerby. When it was discovered that the 32-year-old wouldn’t be offered a new deal, there was a great deal of disappointment from fans who believed that he still had a lot to offer at Championship level.
If I was to bet on Championship football, I think most teams would have taken Huckerby this summer.
This was the biggest fear. That Huckerby would end up playing against Norwich this coming season for another Championship club. However, Huckerby – who had confirmed his status as a Norwich legend – promised never to play against us. As soon as he said this, I would have put all my football betting money on this being the case. Hucks was always a man of his word and frequently ‘told it like it is’ during his interviews with the media.
So, where was he to end up? There were rumours of a move to Gordon Strachan’s Celtic, but America was always on the cards for Huckerby. According to a source (forgive me!), this has become a reality and the former Norwich man has signed a 18- month deal with Major League Soccer side San Jose Earthquakes.
Originally, it was thought that Hucks would join Toronto – where former Canaries Jim Brennan and Carl Robinson now play – but the artificial surface they played on, put Huckerby off the move.
My overwhelming thought is that Huckerby could dominate this league. The standard isn’t excellent and if he is anywhere near his best then he will strike so much fear into opposition defenders. I wouldn’t imagine that many MLS fans know much about him, but they are in for a pleasant surprise when they see him bursting down the left wing.
San Jose certainly need Huckerby. They sit bottom of the league after 15 games and have only scored 10 goals in this time. If the move does go through, Huckerby’s first game looks set to be against Toronto, with a meeting with David Beckham’s LA Galaxy scheduled for Sunday 3rd August.
I personally feel that it is a shame that Hucks will be performing in front of 10,000 fans every week in America, when there are 25,000 fans in Norfolk that would welcome him back with open arms. Good luck though Hucks, San Jose are definitely my MLS team now – I just hope we don’t miss you too much.