Alvaro Rey quietly came and went from Toronto earlier this summer having joined Toronto FC for a brief trial. During that trial he trained with the club and got minutes in a reserve league match against the Montreal Impact. When he left the club little was said about how his trial went and it seemed that would be the end of things.
Reports have picked back up in recent days though suggesting that his departure was not the end of his connections to TFC but just his trial period. Spanish outlets are suggesting that since the end of his trial Rey has been in negotiations to sign for Toronto FC and a deal could be completed shortly with the player expected to return to Toronto soon.
Rey left Xerez after their were relegated to the Spanish third division at the end of last season. He has been looking for a club since then and was recommended to TFC by contacts in Europe. That relegation with Xerez was the second time in two seasons that Rey's team was relegated as he was also part of a squad that suffered relegation in 2012 with Gimnastic.
It is hard to know what to expect for Rey at Toronto FC but we know that he is a winger who has spent most of his career in Spain's second tier. He does not have the most impressive scoring record without on a handful of goals in his career but will hopefully prove to be a useful creator off the wing which is something TFC have struggled to find this season.
If Rey can prove to be a sizeable upgrade over Reggie Lambe than this move would make good sense for Toronto FC. The club has tried a number of different players on the wing this season with John Bostock and Hogan Ephraim getting minutes early in the season and now Bobby Convey and Jonathan Osorio seem to be the go to pairing. With Andrew Wiedeman and Lambe the only real options behind them adding a bit more quality would be quite welcome.
If there was any doubt about Rey coming to Toronto the player himself was quite clear on twitter that he was on the verge of finalizing a move to a new club.
Hoy comienzo una nueva etapa,un nuevo reto,una nueva experiencia.Espero q todo vaya genial y esto me sirva para crecer aun mas como persona.— Alvaro Rey (@Alvaro16Rey) July 24, 2013
Espero en el futuro volver a encontrarnos y llevarlo donde se merece.Sois grandes FORZA XEREZ!!!— Alvaro Rey (@Alvaro16Rey) July 24, 2013
His tweets may not mention the end destination but he has retweeted a number of different tweets that mentioned Canada and Toronto so that seems like plenty of proof that he is heading back to TFC and this time for more than just a trial.
@Alvaro16Rey desde tu club de fans te deseamos toda la suerte del mundo en tu nueva etapa con el Toronto FC.— Alvaro Rey Club Fans (@Alvaroreycf) July 23, 2013
Rey would be the second addition of the summer window for TFC following Mark Bloom. It is a slightly more inspiring move than the addition of Bloom but still not the big singings that the club has been promising for weeks now. Rey is a good first step towards improving the attacking options and depth but hopefully he is not the only addition in the coming weeks.