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Blake Wagner leaves Scorpions

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The San Antonio Scorpions have lost one of their regular starters as Blake Wagner has signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Rowdies, it was announced on Saturday.

Wagner had a solid season for the Scorpions in 2013, after a poor start, in line with the club's experience, he turned things around and was a vital part of San Antonio's turn around in the 2013 Spring Season.

Former manager Tim Hankinson issued glowing praise of the defender throughout the season, especially his professionalism "Blake's grown in to one of our best professionals," said Hankinson, "since I spoke to him, he's turned around his performances."

Those performances saw Wagner play 47 matches in his time with the Scorpions, over both seasons so far, and he scored three goals despite playing at the back.

Wagner proved a vital link between the defense and midfield playing on the left wing, a vital position in the 4-3-3 system the Scorpions largely used as he got up and down the wing to attack and get the cross in while also showing speed to get back and cover.

That versatility and professionalism, no doubt attracted the Rowdies who pinched the defender when his contract expired at the end of 2013, signing him on for two years with an additional third year option.

The move to Tampa Bay marks a return to Florida where his career really started after moving to Bradenton in his teenage years to join the IMG Soccer Academy and it remains where his family is based.

For the Scorpions the departure of Wagner means they'll have to do a lot of rebuilding of the back line in 2014 with Kevin Harmse and Lucka Vucko also seemingly gone from the club.

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