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Tosaint Ricketts moves to Norwegian side Sandnes Ulf


Tosaint Ricketts is staying in Norway — but not with Valerenga.

Norwegian Tippeligaen side Sandnes Ulf confirmed Wednesday that it had inked the Edmonton native to a contract that runs through the 2014 season.

“I’m very happy, it went very smoothly,” Ricketts told the club’s official website after signing the contract. (CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW, in ENGLISH!)

“I just hope to be dangerous in every game, to get chances and to score goals.”

Sandnes Ulf’s director of soccer, Tom Rune Espedal, told the club’s site that the team had been scouting Ricketts since last summer.

“He is a forward with great speed, nose for goal and a strong player. We believe that he can be a threat in the Premier League this season,” Espedal told the club’s site.

Ricketts began 2012 continuing to play out a long-term deal with Romanian side Politehnica Timisoara, after the club had been relegated because of financial irregularities. In the spring, after four months of not being paid, Ricketts left the team, believing his contract had been annulled. He went on what looked to be a successful trial with 2. Bundesliga side Dynamo Dresden. But just before he was to ink a deal, the Romanian Football Federation blocked the move, claiming Ricketts’ contract in Timisoara was still valid.

Ricketts and his agent went to FIFA for a decision and, in the meantime, Ricketts signed with Valerenga, the Oslo-based side where fellow Edmontonian Lars Hirschfeld tends goal. Ricketts finally got a temporary International Transfer Certificate with just three games left to go in the Norwegian season, and scored in the final game of the year.

But when he was home over the Christmas holiday, he told The 11 that he was looking at several European options.

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One Comment

  1. Footy

    January 10, 2013 at 8:23 am

    One would hope Tosaint would have found a better competition to play in, but it is a safe choice. And the money is good in Norway and, the best thing is, you’ll actually get paid over there.

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