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Dunfield won’t join FC Edmonton after all: Moving on to a broadcasting career

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Terry Dunfield won’t be joining FC Edmonton after all.

After getting a trial with the NASL club in the preseason, the Canadian veteran was set to join the Eddies. Last week, FCE coach Colin Miller said that Dunfield’s signing was imminent.

But, things changed. Notably, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment made an offer that Dunfield couldn’t refuse.

Dunfield had been planning to juggle playing for FC Edmonton with a part-time job as a commentator for Toronto FC matches. But, MLSE upped its offer last week — and it no longer was possible for Dunfield to juggle two jobs. He had to choose one or the other, and broadcasting won out.

Here it is, in Miller’s words.

“I’d been speaking back-and-forth-between Terry and his agent for some time. And Terry was offered a job by MLSE to do the colour commentating for TFC, TFC2 and so forth. So, there was at one point, a situation where Terry would have missed six games in our season but been able to do both jobs. I was fully supportive of it because of the quality that Terry would have given us.

“He was devastated that, at some point, his playing career was going to come to an end. But I said to him, ‘Terry, you’ve been offered a job that, for many, is a dream job. It would be one of my dream jobs, to be honest, to do some TV work. But you have to face reality that you’re 34 now and that, at some point, your playing career is going to come to an end.’

“Long story short, MLSE moved the goalposts and offered him more money and more concrete an offer. So I spoke at length with him about it and I said ‘Terry you’d be very foolish to turn this down.’ This is job security in an industry that’s growing the TV industry.

“He wrote a fantastic e-mail thanking the club for the professionalism, the direction, the way the players were, the owners. It was very amicable. But, at some point Terry Dunfield has to think of himself and has to come to terms with the fact that his playing career has come to an end because of this offer has been given.”

Dunfield did colour commentary on one of the Canada Soccer streams in 2015, working with play-by-play man Gavin Day.

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One Comment

  1. Jose A. Santos

    April 7, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    This is a good opportunity for Terry. I wish him good luck. I believe Miller gave him a good advice. Good luck to the Eddies too.

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