Auston Trusty is close to joining English Football League Championship side Birmingham City on a season-long loan, per multiple reports. The Birmingham Mail and 90 minutes were first to report the forthcoming move.
Trusty, a 23-year-old left-footed center back joined Premier League side Arsenal FC on a permanent deal in January for an undisclosed fee, but was loaned back to Colorado for the first half of the MLS season. He departed earlier than the July 17 loan date. The Rapids confirmed his last day at the club was the Fourth of July match against Austin FC.
In January, Arsenal said in a statement that the plan was to send Trusty on loan for the upcoming 2022-’23 season in order “to further progress his development.”
The six months helped Trusty stay fit after an exceptional 2021 season, but it also allowed him to earn a work permit in the United Kingdom on a points-based system. The U.K. government requires players from overseas to have at least 15 points to play in the country. Trusty reached it when he played in the CONCACAF Champions League in February.
Rapids Executive Vice President Pádraig Smith was thrilled to see how he could continue to develop.
“Arsenal has a great plan for him, for his loan plan and to get important minutes and really challenge and push himself,” Smith told reporters last Saturday. “I believe he can push himself and get into the U.S. national team.”
The Media, Pennsylvania native logged more than 1,400 minutes in 16 games for Colorado this season and made 115 appearances in MLS. He broke into the league with the Philadelphia Union in 2018.
If the loan deal goes through, the hope is that Trusty will contend for a spot and earn minutes sooner rather than later. Teams in the EFL Championship play a grueling 46 game regular-season schedule which runs from August-May, plus a variety of cup competitions.