Thursday October 23rd, 2014

Toronto FC defender Doneil Henry has remained with the team despite having been sold to a European club, head coach Greg Vanney said Thursday.

It's unclear when Henry was sold, to what team he was sold, under what arrangements he has remained with Toronto and when he will leave for his European club.

From the Canadian Press:

While saying he was not privy to all the details, Toronto head coach Greg Vanney said Henry's contract had been "sold to a club in Cyprus or a club in Europe, but he's with us for an indefinite amount of time."

It appears the 21-year-old Henry has been loaned back to Toronto FC, allowing him to keep playing here.

"For me, when a player wants to try to pursue things overseas, we want to be supportive," said Vanney, who played in France as well as MLS. "At the same time, we wanted him here. It's an arrangement where he is a Toronto FC player for as long as he and we agree on that."

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Henry has made 69 appearances and 54 starts with the team over the last five years, including 20 appearances and 18 starts in what has been an up-and-down season for him in 2014. 

The Canada native became the first player to graduate from Toronto FC Academy to the first team when he signed his professional contract in 2010.

Henry has also made 11 appearances with the Canadian national team since earning his first cap in 2012.

Toronto was eliminated from playoff contention after drawing with the Montreal Impact 1-1 last Saturday, meaning the franchise will have missed the playoffs in all eight years of its existence. The club fired head coach Ryan Nelsen in August and replaced him with Vanney on a permanent basis.

Toronto, which has 41 points through 33 games, concludes its season against the New England Revolution on Saturday.

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