Cavalry Inks Australian Forward Lleyton Brooks
The Boxing Day shopping has netted Cavalry FC Australian forward Lleyton Brooks on a multi-year deal.
The A-League forward, 22, will head to Spruce Meadows after having plied his trade with Melbourne Victory over the last four years. He’d amassed some 32 appearances for the side in that time, 14 of which came in a variety of attacking positions through the 2022-2023 season.
“We really like what we’ve seen in Lleyton and feel he is a player who will come in and make our team better,” says Cavalry boss Tommy Wheeldon Jr.
“He is a dynamic player with a big upside, that loves to drive at the opposition defence and has good quality in his shooting and delivery. He is at a great age where he can only get better and I’m certain he will add another dimension to our attack.”
His time in Melbourne saw him play all across the front line, suggesting plenty of versatility in an attacking line already backed by high-profile players like Myer Bevan and Ali Musse – but one that needed some reinforcing following the departure of Joe Mason.
The Gold Coast-born winger began his youth career just north of his hometown in Brisbane, where he claimed the 2018-2019 Y-League Championship with the Brisbane Roar – the club in which his teammate and fellow Queenslander Jesse Daley arrived from earlier this year.
Like former Nine Stripes defender Tass Mourdoukoutas, Brooks has represented Australia at the youth level, netting a tidy two goals from three appearances for Australia’s U-20 side.
With both Mourdoukoutas and Lawrie-Lattanzio having left York United, Cavalry now hosts the only Australians to be found in Canada’s top flight.
“I’m ecstatic to be joining this club which had such immense success last season,” says Brooks, who has signed a two-year deal with an option for a further year.
“I know that I will bring a lot to the team, and I’m hungry to bring more trophies back to Calgary.”
The 22-year-old is set to join Cavalry for their early start in 2024, with the Calgary-based club shifting to Starlight Stadium for a one-off home match in Concacaf Champions Cup knockout bout this February.