Is Kris Twardek Set For The CPL?
After spending the last nine seasons playing in Europe, Canadian winger Kris Twardek is headed to home soil.
The 26-year-old winger has left Irish side Bohemian FC by mutual consent, with head coach Declan Devine stating that the player simply felt it was time for him to return home to Canada.
Born in Toronto but raised in Ottawa, Kris Twardek has been a player we’ve long thought would be a good fit for the Canadian Premier League. Now in a prime stage of his career, the winger – who can play on both the left and right flanks – has been touted to be a solid potential addition for many CPL sides who have expressed interest.
While Atletico Ottawa have an advantage as the hometown club, it’s no secret that the winger is close with his former Sligo Rovers teammate Daryl Fordyce, who is now on the coaching staff at Valour FC.
Twardek had first jumped abroad to join the academy at Millwall FC. Eventually earning a pro deal with the senior side, he failed to break through in the Championship and underwent loans to Braintree Town and Carlisle United before moving to Ireland in mid-2018, where he signed with Sligo Rovers.
He would stay on with Sligo for the next one-and-a-half seasons, departing in 2019 despite picking up two of the club’s player of the month nods that year. It was then that he joined Dublin-based side Bohemian ahead of the 2020 season, after which he joined Polish top flight side Jagiellonia Bialystok, with a season-long stint with Slovakian first division side FK Senica preceding his return to Bohemians ahead of the 2022 League of Ireland season.
His last season with the club saw him tally two goals and three assists after 24 appearances split between both the left and right flank, with Bohemian FC reaching the FAI Cup final before losing to David Norman Jr’s St. Patrick’s Athletic.
Kris also has one national team appearance with Canada, having come off the bench against El Salvador in a 1-0 loss back in 2017. Born in Canada to a father who holds a Czech passport, he had featured for the Czech Republic from the U-17 to U-19 levels before jumping to the Canadian youth ranks ahead of his sole senior team cap.
While it remains to be seen where Kris Twardek lands, the interest in the winger isn’t a shock: after all, CPL players past and present who have spent time in Ireland’s top flight seem to have done fairly well in Canada’s.
Head Image Photo Credit: Bohemian FC