Peruzza Set For Loan Spell With Halifax
UPDATE: Hours later, this move was confirmed by both clubs.
Toronto FC forward Jordan Peruzza will be spending the rest of the season on loan out east.
The 22-year-old was spotted at a Halifax Wanderers training session that was open to the public, with TFC Republic’s John Molinaro stating today that Peruzza was set for a loan spell with Halifax for the remainder of the season.
This will mark the second-ever loan for Peruzza, who signed a first team contract with Toronto FC back in 2021. The young forward was sent to USL Championship side San Antonio FC when he was still with TFC2, scoring four goals in 12 appearances stateside.
The following year saw him get his first minutes with Toronto FC, making his debut in the Concacaf Champions League against Leon and featuring in a handful of league matches, with his first goal rescuing a draw against Atlanta United.
Peruzza made a string of appearances off the bench under Bob Bradley in 2022, while also making his first appearance against CPL opposition in the Canadian Championship…when he scored the opener against the Halifax Wanderers, later helping the side best Forge FC in the belated 2020 Canadian Championship Final.
This season has seen Jordan’s playing time diminish: named to the matchday squad eighteen times in league play, he’s made just four appearances off the bench and played just half a match from his only league start. It’s clear that the Halifax Wanderers can offer him more high level minutes than Toronto FC right now, though it isn’t known if he will play a a centre-forward or out on the right wing.
With Wanderers forward Theo Collomb out for a few weeks following his collision with York United’s Jonathan Grant, there’s a golden opportunity for Peruzza to get in and impress. At 22, he won’t earn domestic U-21 minutes like Thiago Coimbra would up top, but his acquisition looks like a solid one for an east coast side looking quite capable of a playoff run.
Neither Toronto FC nor the Halifax Wanderers have confirmed the loan move as of yet.
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