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Smyrniotis: Forge Looking To Offload Henry

By on April 9, 2024 0 1949 Views

We’ve been reporting that Triston Henry was seeking to the United States since February, with Forge FC head coach Bobby Smyrniotis now touching on the matter with the Northern Futbol Podcast.

The club’s head coach confirmed that Henry is currently living in the United States, with Forge looking to find a way to land the under-contract keeper at a new club.

We had stated that the club original – a two-time CPL Golden Glove winner – had been pushing for a move to the United States in order to retain his green card status, with a potential move to the USL Championship having fallen through this spring.

Forge FC Triston Henry
Photo Credit: John Jacques

Henry did not report for preseason camp, with Forge stating he was away due to personal reasons ahead of their continental bouts against Chivas. The club handed understudy goalkeeper Christopher Kalongo a starting role for both fixtures, more recently signing Jassem Koleilat to a multi-year deal.

“We love Triston Henry, we all love him. But at some point, those players won’t be around,” said Symrniotis on the club original, who had his club option for 2024 activated following the club’s fourth title win.

Henry, 30, has made an incredible 142 appearances for the side, including in all eighteen of the club’s previous continental matches before missing their latest against Chivas. He’s tallied 51 clean sheets for the hammer, earning two Golden Glove awards from the league in the process.

A trusted source informed us that Henry’s failed transfer in the spring involved USL Championship side Memphis 901, but the deal fell through after Forge felt the offer put forth did not meet their evaluation of Henry.

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The stateside club eventually signed former MLS goalkeeper Tyler Deric and Taylor Bailey, meaning the opportunity for Triston to continue his professional career there had closed – and with the USL season already underway, it’s unclear what possible moves could take place for him at this point of the season.

“We’re looking at scenarios for him to find a new club,” assured Smyrniotis on the podcast, disclosing that Forge and Henry remained in discussions on a weekly basis.

“There’s obviously been a lot reported but nobody has really asked me or Triston directly,” continued Smyrniotis, though Northern Tribune last reached out to the club on Thursday, and had indeed asked Triston Henry directly.

He isn’t the only Canadian Premier League athlete absent from club duties heading into the season, with Cavalry forward Myer Bevan remaining in New Zealand due to family matters.

“We’ll just see where that goes,” concluded the Forge gaffer, who will have to negotiate a marketplace knowing that Forge is in a tough spot. The team will enter the season without a few other heavy-hitters for last year, like Woobens Pacius, Aboubacar Sissoko, Rezart Rama, and Manjrekar James.

Forge will kick off the club’s sixth season against league rivals Cavalry FC on Saturday, April 13.

Header Image Photo Credit: John Jacques

Quote Source: Northern Futbol Podcast

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