PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers have acquired midfielder/defender Jack Barmby on loan from English Premier League club Leicester City, it was announced today. Barmby will be added to the Timbers roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
“Acquiring Jack on loan with an option to retain long-term presents a great opportunity for both the player and the club,” said Gavin Wilkinson, general manager of the Timbers. “For his age he has very good experience at many levels, and we look forward to him joining the club.”
Barmby, 21, joins the Timbers after spending the opening portion of the 2015-16 campaign on loan with Rotherham United and Notts County in the Football League Championship and League Two, respectively.
“Jack is a young player with good upside that brings versatility and depth to our roster,” said Caleb Porter, head coach of the Timbers. “He is a left-sided player that can play either wing or left back.”
Prior to signing with Leicester City, who currently sit atop the English Premier League table, Barmby earned his first professional contract with Manchester United in 2013, after progressing through the club’s youth ranks. Barmby spent his first season with United on loan with League Two team Hartlepool United, scoring five goals in 17 appearances.
At the international level, Barmby has represented England at the U-16, U-18, U-19 and U-20 levels.
Barmby will occupy an international slot on the Timbers roster.
Transaction: Portland Timbers acquire midfielder/defender Jack Barmby as a Discovery Signing on loan from Leicester City, pending ITC.
Born: Nov. 14, 1994
Hometown: Harlow, Essex, England
Acquired: Acquired on loan from Leicester City, March 9, 2016