American forward Brek Shea back at Stoke but expected to head home

Brek Shea has completed a loan spell at Birmingham City and returned to Stoke City, but he is expected to move to the MLS and join Orlando City.

Brek Shea has only been in England for 18 months, but it has been a pretty eventful period in his career.

He was snapped up by Stoke City in January 2013 having impressed in the MLS for FC Dallas.

The highly-rated forward found opportunities hard to come by with the Potters, though, and was allowed to link up with Barnsley on loan a year after his arrival at the Britannia Stadium.

That deal was cut short following an altercation with Tykes supporters, but he found himself back in the Championship this term at Birmingham City.

The 24-year-old managed only two starts for the second-tier outfit, though, and was returned to Stoke at the end of a three-month agreement.

With there seemingly little hope of him forcing his way into Mark Hughes’ plans, it is now being reported by the Birmingham Mail that a homecoming is on the cards.

Shea spent several weeks training with Orlando City over the summer, and their coach Adrian Heath has expressed an interest in bringing the USA international back to his roots.

He said: “I can’t hide the fact that I’ve enjoyed working with him and seeing him close up.

“You can look at players from afar but you really only get to know what they’re like when you see them this close up.

“The one thing that’s very apparent is the size and the power and the pace. It gives us an idea of what some of the players are like at the next level.”

Shea needs to make a decision for the good of his career, with it having stalling somewhat in the Premier League.

Another spell in America would allow him to rediscover his form and possibly push for another European adventure at some stage in the future.

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