Jack Harrison returns home after $6 million transfer from NYCFC

More than six years after leaving home at the age of 14 to attend U.S. boarding school, Jack Harrison is returning to England.

After four years at the Berkshire School in Massachusetts, one year at Wake Forest and two at New York City FC, Harrison was sold to Manchester City. He signed an agreement with the Premier League leaders through the 2020-21 season and was loaned to the Championship's Middlesbrough until the end of the season.

Harrison, 21, was the No. 1 pick in the 2016 SuperDraft and follows the 2015 No. 1 pick Cyle Larin to Europe to the same day. Larin was sold by Orlando City to Besiktas of Turkey.

Harrison scored 14 goals in two seasons and helped NYCFC make the MLS playoffs in both seasons, its second and third in the league. His play earned him a call-up to England's U-21 national team.

Transfer Fee. Sources told Goal.com that NYCFC will receive a $6 million transfer fee for Harrison in a deal that also includes performance bonuses and a sell-on clause. Manchester City beat out Stoke City for Harrison. NYCFC and Manchester City are both operated by City Football Group.

“Of course, it’s sad to see Jack go but at the same time, we recognize this is an opportunity that he felt ready for and wanted," NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna said. "Most importantly, we’re extremely confident that we’re heading into this new season with a very strong squad. We have great improvements across the team after several exciting signings during this off season, including across our front line where we believe we have creative players and goal scorers."

Middlesbrough entered Tuesday in eighth place in the Championship.

"I can't wait to get started over here," Harrison said, who moved from Manchester United's academy program to attend boarding school. "I'm looking forward to testing myself in England. Middlesbrough are a good club, with Premier League experience, and they're in the mix for a return via the playoffs this season."

After Jack. NYCFC has signed Paraguayan Jesus Medina to a Young Designated Player contract, as well as Ismael Tajouri from Austria Wien and Norwegian Jo Inge Berget.

4 comments about "Jack Harrison returns home after $6 million transfer from NYCFC".
  1. Phil Hardy, January 30, 2018 at 9:29 p.m.

    How can one entity pay money to or from itself? I mean, seriously, how is this money into the MLS?

  2. beautiful game, January 31, 2018 at 12:54 p.m.

    Phil H., it's called creative accounting by some and "voodoo economics" by others. 

  3. R2 Dad, January 31, 2018 at 3 p.m.

    The top Premier League sides loan out dozens of players, almost all of them won't ever wear the contract-owners shirt. This must be tackled with FFP 2.0 because it's distorting the market.

  4. frank schoon, February 1, 2018 at 9:46 a.m.

    I saw him play a year ago and was impressed. I had mentioned him to a childhood friend of mine who also played for the Ajax youth and later ended up playing for the Dallas Tornados in the 60's of which a book has come out called" The Amazing World Tour of the Dallas Tornado". My friend Chris watches the MLS in Holland and stated that Harrison was an American player. I was shocked, because Harrisson somehow does not fit the DNA of an American player with the ball. I found out he was English and he reminded me of the wingers of the '70's like Eddie Gray of Leeds Utd. Harrison left Man.Utd. at 14 for I assume he didn't see a future with the club otherwise he would have stayed.
    Obviously the kid has talent, because even though he came to the US where player development     is  a joke as compared to what he was receiving at ManUtd, he succeeded. He ended up going to boarding school playing soccer at a much lower level in the US.
    My point is that players who have talent regardless of whether they join DA program or not and continue playing at a good level and play college can still play pro ball.  Don't believe the hype that you have to pay to play and join AD program. It is "Talent" which is the major determining factor..... 

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