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Halifax Confirms Captaincy Appointments For 2024

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The Halifax Wanderers have named their captaincy appointments ahead of the club’s home opener, and it boasts no surprises: longterm captain Andre Rampersad will retain the armband.

Stepping in to assistant captain roles are sturdy centre-back Dan Nimick and the returning Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare, who mutually terminated his deal with York United to return to his former side this year.

“These players are model professionals on and off the pitch with a desire to win and compete every day,” says Halifax Wanderers head coach Patrice Gheisar. “They also have a great connection to the club and the city, with all three having already played here.” 

The club’s inaugural season saw Jan-Michael Williams don the armband, with Elton John and Chakib Hocine named as co-captains. Williams has been the club’s goalkeeper coach from the club’s second season onward, while the other two were cut after Halifax’s first campaign.

The 2020 CPL season was Andre Rampersad’s first as captain, a role he shared with Peter Schaale and Alex De Carolis at the time.

Halifax Wanderers Andre Rampersad
Photo Credit: Canadian Premier League

Since then, the midfielder has proven himself to be a steadfast and lead-by-example figure in the club. The Trinidad and Tobago international is Halifax’s all-time appearance leader, with the club original tallying 120 matches so far.

“Having been here a while, I take pride in doing my job as best as I can for the city of Halifax and the people that come out to support us,” Rampersad said in a press release today.

Assistant Captain Daniel Nimick had a breakthrough season last year, cementing himself as one of the most high ceiling defenders in the league and picking up a defender of the year nomination to cap off his rookie campaign.

As an imposing figure who also made nine goal contributions at the other end of the pitch, Rampersad says he showed great leadership in the squad and is a great choice for the role.

Halifax Wanderers Daniel Nimick
Photo Credit: Trevor MacMillan

Also stepping up to an assistant captain role is Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare. After having left for York United in 2023, he’s now back for his third season out east, with Gheisar stating that JGL has already made a huge impact on the locker room.

The veteran midfielder is on the cusp of his 50th appearance for Halifax, and adding a couple more will make Halifax the club he’s represented the most throughout a storied career.

The Halifax Wanderers will be looking to bag their first points of the season after a tough start out west. Wanderers Grounds will host its first CPL match of the year against Atletico Ottawa this Saturday, so it’s a result that won’t come lightly.

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