Real Salt Lake announced the signing of American-born Welsh defender Adam Henley. Henley brings six seasons of experience from his time at Blackburn Rovers in England to Real Salt Lake. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Henley moved to England with his family when he was two years old. Henley was signed to the Blackburn Rovers first team in 2011 and made his Premier League debut on November 11, 2011. He made 80 appearances in Champions League and Premier League in 6 seasons with Blackburn. Henley also has two caps with the Wales National Team coming off the bench. While he prefers to play right back, his versatility allows him to switch to left back when needed.
Adam joined The Bill Riley Show on Tuesday, you can hear that interview here.
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Here is the full press release:
REAL SALT LAKE SIGNS DEFENDER ADAM HENLEY
American-Born Welsh International Brings Six Seasons of Experience with Blackburn Rovers in England to the Right Back Position
SANDY, Utah (Tuesday, January 9, 2018) – Real Salt Lake General Manager Craig Waibel announced on Tuesday that the club has signed DF Adam Henley ahead of the 2018 season. He will join the club in preseason, pending receipt of his ITC.
“I’m really excited to begin my journey at Real Salt Lake. It’s a fantastic opportunity at a well-run, well-supported club,” Henley said. “I feel this is a great chance for me to reignite my career and get back to playing my best football.”
Henley, 23, was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, before moving with his family to England at two years old. After playing at the Academy level with Blackburn Rovers, he was signed to the club’s first team in 2011, making his Premier League debut on November 11 of that year at 17 years old. He would go on to play six seasons for Blackburn Rovers, making 80 appearances in the Premier League and Championship levels.
“He is a promising young talent that has American roots. He has every reason to come over and work hard to be successful,” Waibel said. “It’s a perfect scenario for us to bring in a young, energetic player that needs to prove himself.”
An athletic and speedy right back who can also play on the left side, Henley has two caps with the Wales National Team, coming off the bench in friendlies against the Netherlands and Ukraine.
Transaction: Real Salt Lake Signs DF Adam Henley.
Real Salt Lake Roster (as of 1/9/18)
GK: Connor Sparrow
DF: Danilo Acosta, Tony Beltran, Justen Glad, Adam Henley, Aaron Herrera, David Horst, Taylor Peay, Demar Phillips, Marcelo Silva
MF: Nick Besler, Jose Hernandez, Luke Mulholland, Albert Rusnák, Sebastian Saucedo, Sunday Stephen
FW: Jordan Allen, Corey Baird, Brooks Lennon, Yura Movsisyan, Alfredo Ortuno, Joao Plata, Jefferson Savarino, Luis Silva