Sunday, January 20, 2008

Pickens rejects Fire's offer

I don't mean to be a buzz kill after such a great draft for the Fire, but I've learned that Matt Pickens' turned down the Fire's contract offer last night. Pickens is not under contract with the Fire for next season and is currently on trial with Norwich City in England.

"We made what we felt was a good offer last night and his agent turned it down," said Fire head coach Denis Hamlett, who believes talks will continue.

The Fire used one of its first round picks to select Tulsa goalkeeper Dominic Cervi at No. 12.

"We couldn't just sit around and wait," Hamlett said of the Fire's goalkeeper situation. "We needed to protect ourselves.

"We were excited [Cervi] was available at that number."

As for reports that Cervi is considering a move to Europe, Hamlett has a wait-and-see attitude.

"We get the players into pre-season training camp, have them compete for a position, than talk about a contract," said Hamlett. "I spoke with Cervi, but mainly to say congratulations."


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