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Brennan becomes first head coach in York 9 history

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Jim Brennan, as an East York product, a Toronto FC day-one player and former MLS All-Star, is synonymous with soccer in the GTA.

On Friday, York 9 confirmed another one of the Canadian Premier League’s worst kept secrets in the world, that Brennan will coach the team. And, Brennan confirmed that he’s already looking for players. He’s been scouting League1 Ontario for prospects who might be able to make the jump up to the Canadian Premier League when the new circuit kicks off in 2019.

“We’re not going to be in this league just to participate,” Brennan said. “We are going to put on a show.”

Brennan spent over a decade playing in England, for Bristol City, Nottingham Forest, Norwich City and Southampton, before being lured back home by the promise of playing for a brand-new MLS franchise in Toronto.

Brennan said York 9 wants to work with clubs throughout the region to ensure there’s a pathway for local players to get from the amateur ranks to the Canadian Premier League.

Brennan said he wants to have a full squad in place by February.

“This is only going to create a bigger player pool for the Canadian national team. The more kids we can get into a professional environment, training week in and week out, is only going to enhance our chances of getting to a World Cup.”

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