Today's subject, is midfielder Peter Luccin.
Luccin was signed at the end of 2012, as one of the club's first offseason signings. The veteran midfielder had played for the likes of Bordeaux, Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain in France, and Atlético Madrid, Real Zaragoza and Racing Santander in Spain. He was a journeyman of some sorts but one that came with a pedigree that the club was looking for at the defensive midfielder spot.
But once preseason hit, things took a massive turn for the veteran midfielder. Luccin would injury his ACL early on in preseason, putting his 2013 season in serious question. Most believed he would be out at least eight months, if not the entire year but Luccin wasn't about to let a knee injury derail his chances at playing in 2013.
By the middle of the summer it was clear that the original time table on his return was going to be put to rest as he began training more and more. Our old pal Daniel Robertson would tell me frequently that in the summer months, even when it was 100 degrees outside, you could spot Luccin running laps around the stadium complex.
That work ethic got him back into gear by the end of the season. He would appear only in three games but he managed to start the final two.
In the short 201 minutes that we saw out of Luccin, we saw a player that was clearly missing all season long in the midfield. Luccin is the type of veteran player that knows his way around the field. He works hard for every ball and makes quality decisions in his passing and movement off the ball. He truly was the cog in the midfield that Schellas Hyndman was hoping to have at the start of the season in a 4-4-2 set up.
Luccin came in cheap on the salary scale as well. His $90k base salary would have been a nice bargain had he been healthy all season long.
It will be interesting to see what happens to Luccin this fall/winter as a new head coach comes in. From a locker room perspective, Luccin is the type of guy you want in there, leading the charge. He's more vocal than most players but not in a negative sense. He's the type of guy that inspires players to work hard more than anything.
But we give the option to you, thumbs up to keep him, or thumbs down to let him go?