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Matty Longstaff makes MLS move

Matty Longstaff has signed for Major League Soccer side Toronto FC.

The 23-year-old midfielder was released by Newcastle last summer, but the club supported him through rehabilitation from an anterior cruciate ligament injury which he suffered while on loan with Colchester United in December 2022.

Longstaff, the younger brother of Sean, famously scored the winner on his Premier League debut for the Magpies against Manchester United in October 2019 - one of three goals in 20 appearances for his boyhood club. 

He spent time on loan with Aberdeen, Mansfield Town and Colchester but has now linked up with Canada-based Toronto, who are coached by Consett-born John Herdman.

Longstaff has signed a two-year deal, subject to international clearance, with an option through to 2026. Herdman told his club's official website: "I'm thrilled to welcome Matty to our squad. His Premier League experience and dynamic playing style will add depth to our midfield and complement our tactical blueprint."

Toronto finished 15th in the Eastern Conference last year, and drew 0-0 with FC Cincinnati in their season opener on Monday. In 2017, they won a domestic treble with the MLS Cup, Supporters' Shield and Canadian Championship, making them the first and so far only MLS club to do so.

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