Whitecaps Sign DP, Scottish Midfielder Barry Robson

Whitecaps Sign DP, Scottish Midfielder Barry Robson

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 16, 2012
  • Barry Robson, Designated Players, Features

Barry Robson (left) will be battling it out on a MLS pitch this summer. (Getty Images)

Add Vancouver to the list of clubs with multiple Designated Players.

Today the club announced today the acquisition of Scottish international midfielder Barry Robson as the club’s newest Designated Player. Robson will join Whitecaps FC in July pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and Visa.

Robson will complete the 2011-12 season with English League Championship side Middlesbrough FC, as they continue their push towards promotion to the English Premier League. Robson will be eligible to play for Whitecaps FC near the start of the secondary North American transfer window, which opens on June 27.

“I am very excited to be joining Whitecaps FC and to continue my career in Major League Soccer,” said Robson. “I am impressed by the quality of MLS and Vancouver as a club. They have a passionate fan base and a fantastic stadium in BC Place. My family and I are also looking forward to our move to Canada and the beautiful city of Vancouver this summer.”

Once again Martin Rennie has added some firepower to his attack. Robson has scored 18 goals and added 16 assists for Middlesbrough FC since joining the English club in January 2010 and has scored 98 goals in 492 career club matches.

Not a bad pick up, even though he won’t join the club until later this summer.

It is very interesting seeing a club sign a player that won’t be able to join the team until the summer but sometimes you have to make a move like this early before someone else pounces on it. This move will either enhance the offense for the Whitecaps or be a reinforcement for them should someone that has been brought in this winter not pan out for them.