Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto FC Locks Up Another Player, Signs 'Keeper Clint Irwin to a New Contract

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto FC Locks Up Another Player, Signs 'Keeper Clint Irwin to a New Contract

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Toronto FC gives Clint Irwin a new deal

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TORONTO - As it did with forward Tosaint Ricketts, Toronto FC has rewarded goalkeeper Clint Irwin with a new contract.

The 27-year-old Irwin has agreed to a two-year deal with an option that replaces the deal that paid him US$107,625 last season. Ricketts got his new contract Thursday.

When healthy last season, Irwin was a big part of a Toronto defence that reduced its goals against to 39 from 58 the year before.

"Clint was a big part of our success last season," Toronto GM Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement Friday. "His calming influence helped solidify our defensive group that we built during last year's off-season.

"Clint's reliability is very important to our group and we're happy to get this deal done. …

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