Having been without a club since the summer, former Republic of Ireland international Sean St Ledger is hoping to revive his career in MLS in 2015.
St Ledger, 29, played just twice for then-Championship side Leicester City last season due to injuries, before being released at the end of the season after the Foxes sealed promotion to the top-flight.
The 37-times capped centre-back looked to be close to sealing a move to Huddersfield Town in August before the transfer deadline, but a deal collapsed at the last minute over a failure to agree terms.
Having entertained interest from the USA at the time, St Ledger now sees a stateside switch as his best option moving forward, admitting that the recent break from the game has been a struggle.
“I was offered something [from Huddersfield] but then it just didn’t happen,” he told the Irish Times. “I wasn’t happy [with the terms]. It was going to be more [incentive-based] and only a three-month contract so I felt I was taking all the risk.
“I said ‘What happens if I pull my calf’, but they were fine, [manager] Mark Robins said ‘Okay we’ll sort something out on Monday’. But then I woke up on Sunday morning and he’d got the sack or resigned.
“We told them we had [also] some interest from America. Then it was transfer deadline day and I’m watching it and I saw that they had signed Mark Hudson, another centre-half, and I didn’t hear from them again. It feels like I’ve finished football. It’s been the weirdest feeling ever. I’ve found this period really lonely.
“I still 100 per cent want to try and get a club,” he added. “It’s not been too great so far but you have to see the positive side of things. Hopefully, if I can go to America in January, that would be great.”
With MLS often short on top-level defenders, and two expansion teams entering the league next season, there should be numerous potential suitors if St Ledger does indeed seek out a move to the USA in the coming months.
However, with it generally frowned upon to spend a significant chunk of the salary cap on non-attacking talent, it might prove the case that the former Preston North End star has to lower his wage demands.