Hagglund renews contract and Brunell signs permanently.

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Nick Hagglund last season celebrates a goal. Picture: thestar.com.

TORONTO- Nick Hagglund signed a new contract for the Eastern Conference champions’ earlier this week after a very successful 2016 season. Finnish centre-back Johan Brunell also signed a permanent deal after a successful trial.

Hagglund, 24, was drafted in 2014 and has made himself a key player in Toronto’s defence. Nick played a crucial role last year in TFC’s run to MLS Cup scoring a big goal against Montreal in the Eastern Conference Final.

“Nick has established himself as a very reliable defender in MLS. We have watched his continual growth both as a player and person since being drafted in 2014. We are pleased to give him this well-deserved contract extension and ensure he remains part of Toronto FC,” said Toronto’s GM, Tim Bezbatchenko.

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Johan Brunell playing in Finland. Picture: mlssoccer.com

24 year-old Finnish centre Johan Brunell also signs a deal for the club after a successful trial. Brunell joined the squad for pre-season in LA and impressed enough to signed permanently.

Johan recently played for Finnish side FF Jaro where he made 101 appearances, scoring five goals in five seasons.

Toronto FC’s squad now has 26 players signed, but rumours of Oyvind Alseth and Ben Spencer nearing first-team deals.

Quote from: theglobeandmail.com

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