According to The Columbus Dispatch, 26-year-old winger Leandre Griffit, a former player of Southamption and Crystal Palace, has recently re-signed with the Crew for the 2011 season.
The winger who showed great promise and ability in his limited minutes in 2010 (only played in 8 games, 2 regular season contests), was cut at the end of the 2010 season with Schelotto and Hejduk; as the Crew did not want to exercise Griffit's option leading to a more expensive contract.
Griffit was paid the league minimum of just over $40,000 in 2010 and apparently the Crew are giving Leandre a similiar contract for the 2011 season.
Having Griffit back is a favorable option for Crew fans who believed that Griffit didn't get a fair enough shake in 2010 and warranted more starting time; as the French midfielder scored in his first three minutes in a regular season match against the Houston Dynamo in July and looked very dangerous in almost every game that he played in ever since.
Warzycha on Griffit~
"We obviously see the value in him because we're bringing him back. But it's up to him whether he's going to be on the field. It's about him progressing, and he did that as the season went on last year."
Griffit may also get a chance at a central midfield role, along with Gaven or Rogers who are usually out the wings, as the Crew are going to need one of their wingers to transition well into more of a Schelotto role.