The rumors just don’t stop, do they? Today, Brian Sciaretta, a reliable American soccer reporter, dropped some interesting information about a potential Real Salt Lake target: former Blackburn full back Adam Henley.
I am hearing that Tennessee-born Wales international Adam Henley, 23, (formerly of Blackburn) is on his way to MLS - most likely with Real Salt Lake. Highly talented but is looking for a fresh start after struggling with injuries.— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) January 5, 2018
Henley, 23, has appeared twice for the Welsh international team, but he was born in Tennessee, making him an interesting option for any MLS team. With RSL needing reinforcement at right back, Henley, who made 73 appearances with Blackburn in the Championship, could be that option.
Of course, it’s not quite that simple: Henley, currently a free agent, has been without a club since his Blackburn contract expired, with his 13-year tenure at the English club coming to a close. That was largely due to a glut of injuries in the last year, and it really put a stop to some of his career progress.
That could mean Real Salt Lake could bring in Henley for a relatively reduced price, and he likely wouldn’t occupy an international spot, given his stateside birth. Given Tony Beltran’s long injury recovery time still anticipated, it would provide a real challenge at that position. That would be valuable in the next nine months, but it could provide some real value in the future — Beltran,
If this move does come to fruition, it shouldn’t be a huge surprise. A Portsmouth news outlet reported MLS interest in November, after a trial at Blackpool didn’t end in a contract.
We’ll keep an ear to the ground on this one, but it sounds feasible enough right now.