MONTREAL — The Montreal Impact reached a deal with 2019 MLS SuperDrat second-round pick Amar Sejdic. Selected 34th overall by the Impact, Sejdic reported to training camp and finally signed on Tuesday morning.
“I knew a month ago that the offer was on the table, but now that it’s finally pen to paper and it’s sticking, it makes me very proud,” Sejdic said. “It makes my family very proud and it continues to make me want to work harder,”
Impact coach Remi Garde rejoiced at having locked down his draft selection, stating that “it was important” that the deal was finalized.
“I told him, he knows that there are a steps to go through,” Garde said. “There are other young players that have been in the squad for a few months now so it’s up to him to do the maximum for the rest.”
Sejdic is aware that the Impact midfield is crowded at the moment. The 23-year-old relished the idea of competing to get a spot on the 18-man roster. The fellow midfielder he would prefer to model his game after is Saphir Taider.
“We definitely have a similar playing style. He is a defensive, attacking midfielder in both sense, but he has a creativity,” Sejdic said. “He could see the passes that I could see as well so definitely for me it’s just to learn from him, understand his tendencies and his movement on and off the ball. If I can apply that to my game I think I’ll be a pretty good player.”
Emile Legault: A deal on the way?
Emile Leagult is now the only player from training camp that has yet to sign a deal.
The 18-year-old defender reported to training camp after leaving the AJ Auxerre academy in France. Garde and the Impact have been looking at ways to sign Legault, but hit roadblocks with the French club.
“We need to find an agreement with them because they have youth product rights which, in Europe, are pretty high,” Garde said. “We need to find a solution that is a win-win for the player and both clubs.”
The Impact remain interested in signing the Canadian youth international, but Garde stressed that a solution must be found for the sake of the player.
“There are people working on this that are more competent than I am, but it isn’t a question to tweak rights that Auxerre has or could have,” Garde said. “He spent four years there so he received good training. They didn’t want to keep him so to what point can we play with the sporting future of a young man with a good state of mind. I think that it’s in everyone best interest to find the best solution pretty quickly.”