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Rowdies re-sign Tampa Bay’s own Darnell King to contract

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies have added another key piece to their lineup with the re-signing of defender Darnell King.

King, 26, just completed his second season with the Rowdies. His signing was the 11th of the Tampa Bay team.

King, 26, is set for his third season in Tampa Bay and is the 11th player to return to the Rowdies this offseason. He played 32 matches for the Rowdies in 2016. The only two matches he did not appear in were due to red card suspensions.

In just two seasons, King has made 60 total appearances for the Rowdies in league and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play.

“Darnell has improved every season of his professional career,” Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell said. “He raises his game each time he plays and that is something that we can continue to build on. He’s a Tampa Bay native, which is always important because we want to represent the community we play in.”

Tampa Bay opens training camp this coming week ahead of its preseason debut in the Florida Cup against VfL Wolfsburg at Al Lang Stadium on January 8.

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