Ex-Burnley and Bolton defender Tyrone Mears aiming to revive career with Seattle Sounders

Tyrone Mears believes the Seattle Sounders will provide the perfect opportunity for him to get his career back on track.

New Seattle Sounders right-back Tyrone Mears has told the club’s official website of his excitement at starting a new challenge in MLS.

Mears, 31, signed for the Sounders in December to replace Tottenham Hotspur-bound DeAndre Yedlin, having been without a club since leaving Bolton Wanderers at the end of last season.

The former Premier League defender had trained with the team in the summer after being contacted by Clint Dempsey, before later spending time with Everton, but impressed enough during his two weeks in the States to earn a full-time return for the 2015 season.

“It’s been difficult for me the last six months, but it’s made me hungrier,” he said. “It came about with Clint, he sorted it for me to come and train.

“I saw the following, the standard of the club and the training ground. It’s all very good – one of the top clubs in the world.

“The MLS is growing, and there are more and more players coming over from Europe now.”

Mears made just 32 total appearances for Bolton after joining the then-Premier League side from Burnley in July 2011, with a series of leg injuries hampering his career.

The ex-Derby County and Marseille man is now fit, however, and eager to help his new side claim their first-ever MLS Cup title with his experience on the backline.

“For the young players, they can always come to me,” he said. “There’ll be a lot of game time for me, so hopefully this’ll be the start of a big thing for me.”

Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey is just as optimistic about Mears being able to fill the void left by Yedlin’s departure, but stresses that the former Manchester City product will need to be carefully monitored through preseason after a long layoff.

“He’s definitely a player that we added as a faster player to add some width,” Lagerwey said. “But he hasn’t played a lot of matches lately, so we’ve got to see how that goes over the course of preseason.”

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