Friday, January 8, 2010

1/8/2010: Crew Locks Up Zayner With A Four Year Contract


Pic by Sam Fahmi

The Columbus Crew has secured the services of 25 year old, right back Jed Zayner for four more years. Jed had a breakout year in 2009 for Columbus; starting 16 games during the season and by all accounts performing very well in almost all of his outings. Zayner was signed to a four year deal just like Jason Garey and is the expected heir apparent at Frankie Hejduk's position. Further, Zayner started more games than Hejduk in 2009 thanks to Hejduk's national team call ups and injuries, so it is likely that Zayner will get his chances in 2010.

The Crew haven't released any details about the monetary ammount of Zayner's contract, probably learning their lesson since fans debated the substantive increase in Garey's salary. But, whatever the ammount, I feel that most fans would agree that it is worth keeping Zayner around. As Jed Zayner was the most improved player in 2009 and rarely made any mistakes despite being new to the role of starter.

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