Red Bulls trial for duo
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Matt Jansen and Richard Langley have begun trials with MLS side New York Red Bulls.
Former Blackburn and Bolton striker Matt Jansen has begun a trial with MLS side New York Red Bulls.
Jansen was released by The Trotters at the end of last season and has been offered the chance to kick-start his career in America.
Four years ago the 28-year-old was on the verge of England's World Cup squad but a motorcycle accident in the same year saw his career take a downward turn.
Blackburn boss Mark Hughes was unable to bring the best out of the striker and Sam Allardyce took a chance on him after he was released by Rovers in January.
However, injuries meant for a difficult four months at The Reebok Stadium and Jansen is now hoping a move across the Atlantic will return him to the top of his game.
"I'm just taking a look for a week, see if they like me and if I like them," he said. "I did well on the first day and hopefully that will continue."
Former Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City midfielder Richard Langley has also begun a short trial at Giants Stadium after being released by the Loftus Road club.
Red Bulls boss Mo Johnston was quick to bring the pair over as he bids to climb the Eastern standings in the MLS.
"As you can see both can play," said Johnston.
"Matt tends to hold the ball up, Rich is a strong runner. Both are still at a young age, but we're just looking at them.
"We're looking at every area of the field but I'd like to shore up our defence.
"I need another guy in the middle. We have some money to spend and three foreign spots open."