For two years Jack Harrison was an Englishman in New York as he took his first professional steps in soccer with New York City FC.
But the 21-year old from Stoke-On-Trent is heading home. Harrison has signed with Manchester City FC on a three-and-a-half-year deal and was subsequently loaned to Championship side Middlesbrough FC through the end of the current season.
The top pick in the 2016 MLS Draft, Harrison made 59 appearances for New York City and scored 14 goals over two seasons.
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— New York City FC (@NYCFC) January 30, 2018
“I’ll be forever grateful to everyone at New York City FC for having faith in me and trading up for me in the draft,” Harrison said. “NYCFC has felt like home from the moment I arrived and has given me some of the best experiences of my life.”
Harrison’s move to Manchester and the current Premier League leaders runs counter to the long trend of aging European football stars finishing their careers in Major League Soccer. During his two seasons with New York City, the England International’s star has continued to rise as he made his first appearance with England’s star-studded U-21 team.
“It’s a testament to our coaching, training and scouting staff that they have helped to develop Jack into a player who has garnered interest from various clubs in Europe,” said Claudio Reyna, NYCFC’s Sporting Director. “It speaks to the future of our club and soccer in the U.S. We scouted Jack from an early age and he’s now made appearances for England U21s”
Reyna added, “Of course, it’s sad to see Jack go but at the same time, we recognize this is an opportunity that he felt ready for and wanted. Most importantly, we’re extremely confident that we’re heading into this new season with a very strong squad.”