Platt: Canadian International Doneil Henry Set For CPL
Longtime Canadian international and Major League Soccer veteran defender Doneil Henry looks looks to be embarking towards the Canadian Premier League, as per Oliver Platt.
The 30-year-old defender has long called the CPL an attractive league, describing it as an important move for Canadian football.
The big centre-back has plenty of high level experience to offer, but would arrive after a tough two years jumping between LAFC, Toronto FC, and Minnesota United, while also missing Canada’s World Cup appearance through injury.
The Brampton-born defender has long been a staple member of the Canadian men’s national team, for whom he has earned 44 caps. Starting his career with Toronto FC, the six-foot-two Henry procured a move to West Ham United, undergoing loans to Blackburn Rovers and AC Horsens before returning to Canadian soil with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
After a small loan stint with the Ottawa Fury – making him familiar with the nation’s capital – he was transferred to South Korean side Suwon Samsung Bluewings, during which his eyes drifted home through an ownership stake with the Simcoe County Rovers.
With over two hundred professional appearances to his name, where Doneil lands remains to be seen: while Forge has a penchant for scooping veteran defenders, we’re told that Henry might have his sights set elsewhere.
It’s no secret that a player of Doneil’s stature would be a coup for any of the eight teams in Canada’s top flight, where both his skills on the pitch and voice in the locker room would be seen as invaluable.
More to come as the situation develops.