Liverpool’s released midfielder Daniel Trickett-Smith has signed for Sacramento Republic FC after we decided to let him go, the Echo reports.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder didn’t do enough to earn another professional deal with us, which is the sad realism of trying to make it at a club as big as Liverpool.
Oddly, he’s now signed for Sacramento Kings FC, a third tier side in America. There’s no promotion or relegation over the pond, so he’ll essentially be playing regional football from now onwards, without the chance to really prove himself and earn a deal somewhere back in England. He’ll be living in California, so this seems like a lifestyle choice rather than a footballing one – but if that’s what Trickett-Smith wants then good for him.
“Want to say a massive thank you to everyone at LFC – staff, players and especially the fans for the support over the years. Unbelievable fans,” he tweeted.
“Happy to have signed for Sacramento Republic FC. Can’t wait to get over there and start playing.”
Interestingly, Tricket-Smith made his debut for his new club last night, playing Liverpool’s touring Under-21s in an end of season friendly!
We fought off hefty competition for Trickett-Smith in 2012, but injuries have curtailed his progress, and we hope he finds his level, or at least a good bit of sun, out in America.
His move shows that nothing should be taken for granted with talented youngsters.