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Halifax Wanderers Preseason

Halifax Wanderers Going Coast-To-Coast For Preseason

By on February 22, 2024 0 1210 Views

The Halifax Wanderers have confirmed their pre-season training roster and travel plans ahead of the 2024 CPL season.

Along with the 20 players already signed to contracts – seven of whom are new to Halifax – there will be four trialists attending as the club embarks on a preseason tour that will include seven matches split throughout Halifax, Toronto, and the west coast.

It looks like the club will once again lean on young roster competition for number one goalkeeper Yann Fillion, with Aiden Rushenas and Daniel Clarke both fighting for a U SPORTS Contract. Clarke was selected in the most recent draft, through Rushenas was their number two all last season.

The defensive line will see the return of Zachary Fernandez, Riley Ferrazzo, Dan Nimick, Cale Loughrey, and Wesley Timoteo, with Kareem Sow back in the mix and Julian Dunn joining from Norway. Trialing for roster spots at the back are young Haligonian left-back Yorgos Gavas and six-foot-two youngster Max Bodurtha, who spent time with the Wanderers U-23 team last year and was their second-round draft pick this year.

The midfield sees Lorenzo Callegari, Aidan Daniels, Tomas Giraldo, and Andre Rampersad returning, with Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare and Camilo Vasconcelos back in blue while Vitor Dias and Giorgio Probo land out east for the first time.

The attack force sees Tiago Coimbra and Massimo Ferrin remain, with Gheisar adding former CPL history-maker Ryan Telfer and USL veteran Cristian Volesky to his forward line.

Monterey FC Christian Volesky
Volesky played in Monterey Bay alongside former Wanderer Morey Doner. (Photo Credit: Monterey FC)

The club has confirmed that it will spend the next month training in Halifax, where they’ll play Cape Breton University twice in mid-March. The club will trek out to Toronto for some preseason scrimmages against Forge and Toronto FC II, after which they’ll continue west all the way to the west coast, where they’ll play against the University of Washington in Seattle and wrap up with preseason clashes against Whitecaps FC 2 and the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver.

The Wanderers will remain on the mainland ahead of their season opener against Pacific on April 13, saving them from a long flight occurring right before the big match.

Last year saw the Wanderers fly to Florida for preseason for Gheisar’s first season in charge, with Stephen Hart having used Ontario as a preseason base the year prior.

The club has also confirmed that defender Kareem Sow will miss the first few weeks of camp as the 23-year-old recovers from wrist surgery.

Header Image Photo Credit: Halifax Wanderers FC

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