Luke Singh’s Loan To Be Called Off
The news was first reported by Manuel Veth yesterday afternoon, with a club source now confirming that the brakes are being pumped on the move.
Discussions between both clubs and the player himself have led to the loan’s termination. Singh, for his part, has been present at the Toronto FC preseason camp where Pacific full-back Kadin Chung is currently on trial.
With Amer Didic expected to be announced by the west coast side in the near future, Pacific has secured itself a league-leading centre-back who would be an expected starter ahead of Singh. The reigning CPL champions have also retained the services of Thomas Meilleur-Giguere, with Abdou Samake also expected to return.
While some fans have speculated that a loan to FC Edmonton could be in Singh’s future, thus far there are no official plans for such – though it remains to be seen what will unfold for the youngster’s season.
The Brampton-born defender had signed a first team contract with TFC last season after progressing through the club’s academy, featuring in League1 Ontario action before signing a professional deal with Toronto FC’s USL affiliate in 2019.
The young defensive talent was then sent on loan to Danish Superliga side Brondby IF, whom he had trialed with the year prior. While he didn’t break into the first team, he did make 24 appearances at the reserve level before returning to train with the first team of Toronto FC in 2020.
Last season proved to be a big one for the youngster, who made his debut for Toronto FC in a Champions League match away against Leon. He then started the home leg against them, and – having been on short term loans from TFC II for both those games – earned his first team contract right afterwards.
The remainder of the season saw him make six MLS appearances, with Singh even scoring a goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps just a few days after his signing. He bounced between the first and second teams but, for the moment, seems set to continue training with the TFC first team under head coach Bob Bradley.
Pacific FC had made a formal announcement post for his loan which was pulled minutes later, with a TFC source later stating that loan move wasn’t finalized at the time. It’s now being nixed altogether.
Pacific FC has confirmed six returning players ahead of the 2022 CPL season, with several more returnees set to be announced in the feature along with new additions like Didic, too.