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Tébily in at TFC

Posted on 25 April 2008 by Scott Ferguson

Olivier Tébily has been signed by Toronto FC, confirming recent rumours that the French defender was on the verge of putting pen-to-paper with the Major League Soccer side.

The former Birmingham defender has been a regular at TFC training over recent weeks, with head coach John Carver finally getting his man on Thursday afternoon.

“We’re adding another experienced player to the squad,” Carver told the club’s website. “He’s had a good career, especially at Celtic and Birmingham. He’ll definitely improve the team with his versatility, as he can play either in the centre or on the right in the back.”

Tébily was a regular at center back, right back and central midfield for Birmingham over recent years, but he found first-team action difficult to come by in the Blues’ promotion season from the English Championship last year. His last senior appearance in English football came in October of 2006.

The Côte d’Ivoire-born defender’s contract with Birmingham was due to expire in June, but he reached an agreement with the midlands club to release him earlier this year. Tébily will add much-needed depth to the second-year club when Marvell Wynne and Maurice Edu travel to the Olympics in Beijing with the United States under-23 side this summer.

Tébily joins recent additions Laurent Robert and Amado Guevara as one of several new signings under Carver, who is also rumoured to be bringing in a new backroom staff as he looks to make his mark on the Canadian side.

Having already trained with Toronto’s players throughout the last two weeks, Tébily is expected to slot right into the side for Saturday’s match against Kansas City at BMO Field. Stay tuned to ASN for a forthcoming match preview on Friday.

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