Multiple CPL Sides In Hunt For Frank Sturing
Dutch-Canadian defender Frank Sturing is tabling offers from multiple Canadian Premier League sides, as per Manuel Veth.
The 26-year-old defender has been without a club since leaving Austrian side SV Horn in the summer, with both Cavalry and York United putting in offers for the centre-back.
Sturing had represented the Netherlands at the youth level before cap-tying himself for Canada in a World Cup Qualifier against the Cayman Islands, and even scored the opening goal of the game. He featured in a seven-nil win over Aruba after that, then rode the bench for the rest of 2021 before falling out of Herdman’s national team roster.
Born in Nijmegen, Sturing proceed through the academy of local side NEC before making his debut in 2017. He spent three years with the club before leaving for rival side Den Bosch before landing with SV Horn in 2021.
It’s been a fruitful offseason for suitor Cavalry FC thus far, with high-profile arrivals like Diego Gutierrez and A-League forward Lleyton Brooks. With Daan Klomp being Dutch defender himself, a great partnership could be in the works.
Given that the regular season champions are set to feature in continental football, there’s a lot of icing on the cake for Sturing should he sign at Spruce Meadows.
York United are also in for a total defensive overhaul: with Tass Mourdoukoutas joining Valour and captain Roger Thompson retiring, there are big question marks on who will lead the defensive line, suggesting the club may be willing to offer a bigger deal.
Sturing can also shift upwards as a defensive midfielder, something which would certainly appeal to the way the Nine Stripes take shape. For now, however, it remains unclear who will land the defender should his next steps take place in Canada.
Veth also reports that 2021 CPL champion Pacific FC had also expressed interest in the defender, but didn’t have sufficient room in the budget for the centre-back. At the moment, there are big question marks over Pacific defender Amer Didic might land in 2024.
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