Big news has come across the MLS wire as the New York Red Bulls have offered a multi year contract extension to the clubs Sporting Director Denis Hamlett. Hamlett who was the clubs assistant coach for two seasons, became the Sporting Director after Ali Curtis ended his tenure before last season began.
Terms were not disclosed, but the hard work that Hamlett has provided the club since taking over the job, has shown that this man sees the future is bright for the club bringing in talented players from within and Internationally as well.
“On behalf of the entire organization, I’d like to congratulate Denis,” said Red Bulls General Manager Marc de Grandpre. “His leadership and direction have made a positive impact across our organization and paved the way for a bright future.”
Since being named Sporting Director in February of 2017, Hamlett has filled a vacancy by naming a new Director of Red Bulls Academy and restructured the club’s scouting department. The Red Bulls continue to lead the charge in player development, with Red Bulls Academy products and graduates of the club’s USL affiliate accounting for 42 percent of all minutes played across 21 matches this season while contributing 14 goals and 20 assists.
He has also re-signed club players like Bradley Wright-Phillips, Daniel Royer & Sean Davis, brought over Michael Murillo, Fidel Escobar and traveled to Argentina with Jesse Marsch for the transfer and signing of Alejandro Romero Gamarra to join the Red Bulls.
Head coach Jesse Marsch gave a few words about this news. “I announced it to the team and we are very excited about it. It’s been a new role for Denis to take on to being the leader of the sporting department. He has adjusted very well and he has put me and this team into a position to succeed.
I think it’s more than just that he continues to do his work. His knowledge of the rules and the standards, he’s done a great job and I hope that this club can continue to have a foundation where we can build and grow and continue to have the success of the philosophy of what we are doing and with him here as well.”
Congratulations to Denis Hamlett and we shall see what the future holds for him here at the New York Red Bulls.