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Remember football prodigy Freddy Adu? He won't be joining his 14th club after all

A proposed move to Poland has fallen through after the 28-year-old suspected being used as a mere marketing ploy.

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IT’S BEEN A complicated career for Freddy Adu and he’s still just 28 years of age.

Touted as a child football prodigy, he signed a professional contract with Major League Soccer side DC United in 2004 when he was just 14 but ever since being traded to Real Salt Lake in 2007, he’s struggled to find a long-term place of employment.

In total, he’s played for 13 different clubs in twelve years. His last contract was at Tampa Bay Rowdies but he was released at the end of the 2016 campaign.

He trialled with MLS side Portland Timbers earlier this year but didn’t do enough to pick up a deal.

Adu had been expected to sign with Polish side Sandecja Nowy Sacz but the proposed deal caught headlines when the team’s coach Radoslaw Mroczkowski referred to the entire proposal as a ‘joke’.

It’s a joke,” he said.

“I read in the media about his trial. I asked the sporting director why he did not tell me anything. He sent me a text message that there ‘will be a player on trial’ and that they all knew. Marketing knew, the staff at the club knew … Only the coach did not know who the trialist was.”

Whoever invited him, let him trial him. What is the point of having such a player? The CEO says that it’s marketing. We may as well have (Polish football freestyler) Janusz Chomontek.”

Subsequently, it appears Adu has had second thoughts about the move, taking to social media to say he wouldn’t be signing having previously been used as a mere publicity ploy by other teams.

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