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Cavalry Signs Aird, Montgomery To New Deals

By on December 18, 2023 0 823 Views

Reigning Canadian Premier League regular season champion Cavalry FC has signed secured the return of two players on brand new deals.

Today, the Alberta-based side signed full-back Fraser Aird to a two-year contract, while defender Callum Montgomery has signed a one-year contract with a club option for 2025 after agreeing to terms earlier this month.

“Both players are valuable components to our team tactics and chemistry,” said Cavalry head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr during the announcement.

Cavalry FC Fraser Aird
Photo Credit: Canadian Premier League

Cavalry had been reviewing its club option on Aird ahead of the two-year deal. The feisty full-back had previously played for FC Edmonton and Valour FC before signing with Cavalry back in 2022, where his start was stymied by a long-term ACL injury.

This season was a strong one from the former Rangers man: he completed thirty appearances across all competitions and tallied two goals and assists apiece, while proving a strong addition whether deployed as full-back or up further directly as a right winger.

“Fraser adds a different element to our game as an attacking full back that can help create or finish attacks. He is also a terrific professional that loves his training,” added the club’s head coach.

Cavalry FC Callum Montgomery
Photo Credit: John Jacques

Nanimo-born defender Callum Montgomery signed in February, making his club debut in the season opener shortly before an ill-timed injury saw him excluded from the lineup till August.

The big defender stormed back well, finishing the season with fourteen appearances – though the club will be hoping he’s good for more ninety minute shifts than we saw this year.

“We’ve probably not seen the best of Callum yet due to a set back early in the year,” Tommy acknowledged. “His level of play in the back end of the season was pivotal in us finishing strong. He’s an excellent defender that can lead a backline and very comfortable with the ball at his feet.”

Having accrued experience with San Diego Loyal SC while testing himself with Minnesota United’s MLS NEXT Pro side, a healthy season for Callum will go a long way in the club’s defense as regular season champions – and against MLS opposition in continental play.

With centre-back Daan Klomp attracting MLS interest, securing Montgomery’s return could prove to be a crucial offseason move for Tommy Wheeldon Jr. to have completed.

The club still has until December 31 to trigger its options on Ben Fisk and Tom Field, with the likes of Roberto Alarcon and Udoka Chima already landing with their next clubs after parting ways with the side.

Cavalry FC did not disclose the financial terms of its new contracts.

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