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Halifax Wanderers Aiden Rushenas

Goalkeeper Aiden Rushenas Lands Halifax Wanderers Contract

By on April 2, 2024 0 763 Views

The Halifax Wanderers are bringing back goalkeeper Aiden Rushenas for a second season, with the domestic U-21 player now signing a full contract that includes a club option for 2025.

The 20-year-old had rode the bench all season long behind Yann Fillion last year while on a U SPORTS contract, though he stayed beyond the university deadline to remain with the club all of last season.

“Aiden has earned this opportunity through his work ethic and hunger to come in and make a statement, his desire is something we’re drawn to,” says Wanderers head coach Patrice Gheisar, who has also also had Capers goalkeeper Daniel Clarke in camp.

Halifax Wanderers Aiden Rushenas
Photo Credit: John Jacques

“We feel he’s someone who can come back in and push Yann, but also have a great relationship with him and together get the best out of each other.”

Rushenas had previously trained with League1 Ontario side North Toronto Nitros before enlisting with Dalhousie, where his debut season saw him finish as the league leader in saves and third-highest in save percentage with 0.827. He led the Atlantic University Sport in saves made throughout his two years with Dalhousie, being named the Tigers’ most valuable player in 2022.

Aiden Rushenas
Photo Credit: Nick Pearce

Between riding the bench behind an in-form Yan Fillion last year after beating Gianluca Catalano to the roster spot, Rushenas also featured for the Wanderers U-23 side for a pair of matches against German visitors Holstein Kiel.

“We’re pleased to reward Aiden with a new contract to extend his time with us at the Wanderers,” added Halifax Wanderers Sporting Director Matt Fegan.

“In 2022, Aiden committed to staying in Halifax as a non-contracted development player, training daily with our first team under keeper coach Jan-Michael Williams. He progressed to earn a CPL – U Sports contract in 2023. Now in 2024, he has a chance to take his career another step further with this contract and continue to challenge for first-team minutes.”

While Yann Fillion is the clear number one for the team, it’ll be interesting to see if the 20-year-old Rushenas can push for some minutes as the season progresses. The club has seen young blood push veterans before, with Christian Oxner once usurping the starting spot from then-first-choice Jan-Michael Williams.

The Halifax Wanderers will kick off their sixth season against coastal rivals Pacific FC on April 13.

Header Image Photo Credit: John Jacques

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