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Tosaint Ricketts signs for Vålerenga of Norway

Smile Tosaint, your club saga may just finally be coming to an end (via <a href="">canadasoccer</a>)
Smile Tosaint, your club saga may just finally be coming to an end (via canadasoccer)

We have been through this before with Canadian International Tosaint Ricketts when it seemed that he had sealed a move to German club Dynamo Dresden. That move fell through though when his former Romanian club, Politehnica Timişoara, demanded a transfer fee despite having told the player they would release him from his deal. That demand killed off the deal and left the Canadian attacker stuck without a club waiting for his situation with the Romanian FA to be resolved.

Now it seems he may have found another club interested in added his services and hopefully this time the deal goes through. According to Norwegian club Vålerenga they have sealed the signature of the Canadian international. The Oslo based club are currently sitting in 8th place in the second half of the Norwegian Premier League season (also known as the Tippeligaen).

The club website features a photo of Ricketts signing his deal as well as an interview with the player already. The following is a google translate version of the official news:

Vålerenga on Friday agreed to attack the player Tosaint Ricketts (25) for a contract through the 2012 season. Ricketts has been released from his former club, Politehnica Timisoara in Romania when the club went bankrupt earlier this summer.

For Ricketts the move would be a crucial chance at a fresh start with a club that should provide him with some much needed stability. Vålerenga have been a top half side in Norway during recent seasons. In 2010 they did finish second in the league and were involved in the Europa League qualifiers as recently as the 2011-2012 campaign.

The key for Ricketts is just the fact that he is closing in on getting back to playing competitive games and having his lengthy search for a club come to an end. He also gets the chance to join his teammate on the national team Lars Hirschfeld who is currently the Norwegian club's number one keeper.

His contract with the club will run for the remainder of the season but they are not ruling out the possibility of signing him to a longer deal should he manage to impress in the coming weeks.