Defender Bradley Orr is joining Toronto on loan from Blackburn Rovers, but forward Robert Earnshaw won't be back for 2014.Toronto FC bolstered its back line Friday, acquiring right back Bradley Orr on loan from English Championship side Blackburn Rovers.
“Bradley Orr represents the addition of a versatile defender with valuable experience and gives greater depth to our back line,” Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a club statement. “[Coach] Ryan [Nelsen] has known Bradley for some time and was instrumental in helping to secure his arrival to our club.”
The 31-year-old recently made four appearances for Championship side Blackpool while on loan. Orr is primarily known for his time at Bristol City, where he made 235 appearances after leaving Newcastle United, where he began his career.
Before joining Blackburn, Orr helped Queens Park Rangers gain promotion to the English Premier League, only to fall out of favor upon the signing of England international Luke Young.
While Orr is on the way in, one player who won't be back is Robert Earnshaw.
"Thank you to @torontofc for their kindness this past year. Ryan Nelsen wanted me to stay but certain things cannot be controlled," the Welsh striker tweeted.
Earnshaw scored eight goals in 23 appearances for Toronto in 2013, but that wasn't enough to convince the club to pick up his option.