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January 8, 2013
Red Bulls sign Sam to new contract

Lloyd Sam is expected to give the Red Bulls some pace on the right side of midfield.
Lloyd Sam is expected to give the Red Bulls some pace on the right side of midfield.
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Midfielder Lloyd Sam will return to the Red Bulls for the 2013 Major League Soccer season.

On Tuesday, the Red Bulls announced they had signed the English right winger to a new contract. Terms of the contract were not revealed.

Last year, Sam gave the Red Bulls some much-needed pace on the right side after Dane Richards was traded to the Vancouver Whitecaps for Sebastien Le Toux.

“Lloyd showed our team and fans at the end of last season that he has the potential to be a very good player for us,” Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh said. “We are happy to sign Lloyd, who is recovering well from his knee injury he sustained last year. He will be fit for pre-season.”

A native of Leeds, England, Sam joined the Red Bulls on Aug. 16 after playing for Notts County. Sam featured in five games, starting in two, and recorded one assist before suffering a season-ending PCL injury on Oct. 20.

The 28-year-old Sam joined Notts County on loan from Leeds United in March 2012 and scored five goals in 10 appearances. From the 2010-11 season until his loan to Notts County, Sam played in 35 matches for Leeds, scoring twice.

He started his professional career with English side Charlton Athletic, which played in the Premier League, in 2003 at 18. He went on loan to Leyton Orient. Sam had two other loan spells while with Charlton, spending time in 2006 with Sheffield Wednesday and in 2007 with Southend United.

Sam became a fixture in Charlton’s starting lineup beginning with the 2007-08 season in the Championship and continued there until his final season with the club in 2009-10. Sam made 119 appearances for Charlton, scoring six goals.
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