The bad Tuesday for Ottawa Fury fans just got a little bit worse, while NASL fans in Florida have a good reason to celebrate. Following Ottawa's confirmation that captain Richie Ryan had been allowed to leave the club, the Jacksonville Armada confirmed where he'll be playing in 2016, announcing that they had reached an agreement with the player pending ITC approval.
Ryan was probably Ottawa's best outfield player in 2015, and was recognized by the league in it's Best XI following the campaign. His addition should be absolutely massive for a Jacksonville squad that lacked steel in the midfield last season, and new coach Tony Meola is thrilled with the addition:
"I look forward to having Richie Ryan added to our group as he brings us a proven leader that has performed at a high level in the league. I expect Richie to be an integral part of the culture that my staff and I are trying to build both on the field as well as in our locker room. I have spoken to Richie, and he is extremely excited to get to Jacksonville and get started."
Ryan's addition should greatly improve a Jacksonville team that under-performed for most of last season, but I'm sure it's not the last move that the Armada will make. It should be an interesting offseason.