Spring is in the air and that means the PDL soccer season is just around the corner. Coach Dave Dew announced today three new signings for the 2017 season - Simon Norgrove, Owen Pearce and Ryan McCurdy.
Simon Norgrove has been signed as goalkeeper. From Victoria, he played in the Lower Island Wave Program, as well as the Reynolds Centre for Soccer Excellence. He is completing his first year at the University of Guelph and was a signed player to the club last season but had to sit out due to mononucleosis. "With the absence of last season's keepers, Brandon Watson and Nolan Wirth, we will be depending on Norgrove to step in and stake his claim for the #1 spot between the pipes," says Dew.
Owen Pearce, from Toronto, Ontario, is completing his sophomore year at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "He is a versatile player who can play anywhere across the midfield line or as a fullback, but is best utilized in central midfield and can run box-to-box," said Dew. He won a National CIS Championship with York University in 2015 prior to transferring to Robert Morris. Pearce was with the Toronto FC Academy from January 2013 to June 2014 and has been involved in the player pools for the National U17 and National U20 teams.
Ryan McCurdy is a forward originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, but now has dual citizenship. He is currently playing for Vic West in the VISL Division One after relocating to Victoria in August 2016. Most recently he played for Kingston Clippers in Ontario League One, although he was out for the 2016 season with an injury, but in 2015 he scored 11 goals. Prior to that he was with Kingston FC in the Canadian Soccer League (CSL), winning a league title, where he was nominated for CSL defender of the year. McCurdy was an Ontario College Athletic Association all-star for Algonquin College in his first year in Canad,a and prior to that he played for Linfield FC U18's in the Irish Football Association Youth League, winning a Youth League title and Youth League cup. As a dual citizen he was selected to represent Canada in the Olympic Development Program in Florida in 2008.
The Highlanders kick off their 2017 season on May 15 at Centennial Stadium against Lane United FC.
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