Zat Knight is still waiting for the paperwork to be processed before his move to the Colorado Rapids can be made official, but the 34-year-old centre-back has already started training with his new side.
Knight has been searching for a fresh challenge since his contract with Bolton Wanderers expired this summer, but eventually opted for MLS on the advice of former teammates Clint Dempsey, Brad Guzan and Stuart Holden.
Set to sign a short-term deal until the end of the 2014, his addition comes in the wake of season-ending injuries to starting centre-back pair Drew Moor and Shane O’Neill, and the towering defender is looking forward to his stateside experience.
‘For the back end of the season, my personal goal is just to try and play as many games as possible and leave the team in a better position than they are now,’ he told the club’s official website. ‘It would be nice to get into a playoff position. I’m trying to take one step at a time first.
‘I heard a lot about MLS,’ he added. ‘I’ve got a few friends that are in the league, and played with a few boys in England that are from America.
‘They say it’s a lot different, travel wise and you’re always playing, playing, playing. It’s a new adventure for myself, I’ve never played abroad so I’m looking forward to a different style of football.’
Beginning his professional career at Fulham, Knight made 155 appearances for the Cottagers from 2000 to 2007, earning two England caps in 2005, before making a £3.5 million switch to his local club Aston Villa.
Going on to spend two seasons in the midlands, the Solihull-native then moved on to Bolton Wanderers in 2009, where he made 191 appearances, captaining the side for the 2013-14 campaign following the departure of Kevin Davies.
Now gearing up for the start of another new chapter in his career, if the paperwork is completed soon then Knight’s first MLS start could come on the weekend at home to the Portland Timbers, where the Rapids will be looking to end a run of seven consecutive defeats.