Joel Waterman Re-Signs With CF Montreal
Canadian defender Joel Waterman has signed a brand new deal with the club which includes a raise.
This Thursday morning CF Montreal announced it had to come to terms on a brand new deal with Joel Waterman. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it comes with a raise.
The deal will run for two years and will keep him with the club for the 2023 and 2024 seasons, with an option for him to stay another year in 2025.
“We are very happy to reward Joel with this new contract,” said CF Montreal Vice-President and Chief Sporting Officer Olivier Renard. “Since his arrival with us, he has done nothing but progress. We hope this new deal will help him reach further milestones in his development.”
Waterman couldn’t hold back his excitement and made the following statement after the deal was agreed upon and signed.
“I’m really excited to be signing a new deal with the Club that believed in me from the beginning. I have enjoyed the last three years here and will continue to do so.”
“As for my role, it’s the same as what I set out coming into the league and that is to improve every day, both personally and with the team. Thank you to the Club, the city, and most importantly the fans for embracing me. I’m excited for the future.”
The 27-year-old is at the start of his fourth season with Montreal, playing a total of 5,255 minutes since joining the team from Cavalry FC back in 2020. He set personal records including minutes played (2673), and starts (30). He also broke a personal milestone for passes completed (1934) and scored three goals and added four assists.
Waterman started both matches in the MLS Cup playoffs last season and, back in 2021, helped CF Montreal win the Canadian Championship.
He also played in the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League the past two seasons playing against Deportivo Saprissa, CD Olimpico, Santos Laguna, and Cruz Azul.
He has cemented his spot in the starting eleven and has shown improvement every year since joining Montreal from the CPL, where he helped Cavalry reach the first-ever CPL Finals.
On the international stage, he was part of the Canadian men’s national team’s World Cup qualifying roster and had also featured in two friendlies, playing a total of 109 minutes against Bahrain and Japan.
He was eventually named to the World Cup team that went to Qatar but didn’t feature in the three group-stage games against Belgium, Croatia, and Morocco.
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