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Saturday, January 8, 2011
Veldon resigns, Deacons stint as a Viper comes to an end
Early Saturday morning Greensboro FC officials announced that they had come to terms with long time keeper Janiel Veldon. Veldon had left the club to test free agency, but after considering all his options decided it would be best to return to Greensboro. Veldon spent the last 4 years between the Vipers crossbars, where he notched a club record in total career saves. Veldon did cash in considerably with his new contract, a deal totaling over 1.5 million all headed Veldon's way. Even though the price was steep, both Greensboro and Veldon are happy that the marriage could continue "I want to retire a Viper," Veldon stated.
The news about former Viper Shawn Deacons is not so good. The 27 year old middie is the newest member of another Vipers club, the FC Arizona Green Snakes. Deacons landed a 5 year deal paying him over a million per year, a considerable increase from his last contract with Greensboro, which only netted him 330,000 over 4 years. Greensboro officials had been in the free agent bidding war for Deacons, but decided the stakes had gone to high and backed off. In his 4 seasons at Greensboro Deacons notched 14 goals.