The New York Red Bulls have announced the signing of Austrian winger Daniel Royer. The 26-year-old arrives at RBNY from FC Midtjylland, a top-flight Danish club he joined for the 2015-16 season.
Royer has been capped by his country and played in both UEFA's Champions and Europa Leagues. In the club's official announcement of the new signing, RBNY Sporting Director Ali Curtis described a player he considers a versatile and seasoned addition to the squad:
He's a talented player that is in the prime of his career. His ability to play different positions in the midfield gives us both quality and depth. Daniel is a very intelligent and mature young man, and we look forward to him joining the club.
For his part, Royer is quoted relating his frustration at what had become limited opportunities at FC Midtjylland. Per FCM's official site:
...the last six months have not been satisfactory for me. I have an age now where I need to play. I feel good about the decision and the new challenges that await. This is something very different compared to what I have experienced so far. I've only been in Europe, where I have played in Austria, Germany and Denmark, so it is a new step and a new country. I have considered it carefully before I signed, and I think it is a good solution for me. I'm happy for the change.
FCM Sporting Director Claus Steinlein wishes Royer well:
Daniel started well in FC Midtjylland, but he has since New Year's found it difficult to play on the team. We are therefore pleased that we have agreed with New York Red Bulls on a sale
And Royer wishes his old club well:
I've enjoyed being in Denmark, and I love the people. I've never seen a club like FC Midtjylland. It is without doubt the best people I've met in my career. I felt welcome and comfortable in Denmark and FC Midtjylland. It is a shame that the failure on the field, for I have enjoyed being here and will miss it
He arrives at RBNY with a point to prove to himself and his old team.