Brennan hangs 'em up

GARETH WHEELER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:30 AM ET

Sweeping changes at Toronto FC continued Tuesday as captain Jim Brennan surprisingly decided to retire to join the team's front office.

Contrary to reports, the new role will not be as assistant general manager.

A source privy to the move confirms Brennan will indeed be moving upstairs, but his role will be revealed at a formal announcement Wednesday.

Brennan, who turns 33 next month, suggested before the season this would be his last in professional soccer.

Sources say Brennan took a pay cut to stay on one more year, making a sacrifice for a club up against the salary cap.

So the fact Brennan decided to retire one game into the season without a proper send-off from the fans he cares about so much is rather odd.

Brennan could not be reached for comment, but reports surfaced Tuesday of a bust-up between Brennan and head coach Preki.

The Score's Kristian Jack also cited a former TFC player claiming Brennan was unhappy with his head coach.

Preki has been a divisive figure since joining the club last November. The head coach has been quick to determine who fits his plan and who doesn't, and it sure seems like Brennan is the latest casualty.

High-ranking sources at TFC suggest Brennan's exit has been in the cards since November, the same time Preki was hired. However, the same source indicates Brennan's decision to retire was completely his choice.

Rumours suggest Brennan's role was set to change with new signings arriving at the club. With new players at his disposal, it seems Preki deemed the Newmarket native redundant, thus explaining the abruptness of Brennan's decision.

Brennan started showing the wear and tear of a hard-fought career last season. The former Canadian international had a solid 10-year career in England, culminating in promotion to the English Premier League with Norwich City in 2004.

At TFC, Brennan became a hero -- the poster-boy for Canadian players having the chance to play professionally at home. Brennan was TFC's first signing and carried that designation with pride. His commitment and desire to compete was never in question.

The Reds' No. 11 will be fondly remember by the TFC faithful, having represented the club in the 2008 MLS all-star game in Toronto.

Kocic signed

TFC announced the club has signed Serbian keeper Milos Kocic, who enjoyed a heck of a training camp.

Last year, D.C. United passed up on TFC's current No. 1 keeper Stefan Frei in the SuperDraft, knowing that the 6-foot-4 Kocic was also out there. Now, the pair are teammates.

Instead of being nurtured along, Kocic was thrown into a series of games because of an injury crisis at D.C. last season.

"Kocic is a good young keeper," TFC director of soccer Mo Johnston said in a release.

"Having him here will be good protection for us at this position. He'll learn not only from our coaches, but will be able to work with our other two great keepers -- Stefan and Jon (Conway), that will only benefit him down the road."


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