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‘Dream Come True’: Vasconcelos Turns Pro With Halifax Wanderers

By on February 16, 2024 0 849 Views

The third time is the charm for Camilo Vasconcelos.

The 18-year-old attacking midfielder has turned professional with the Halifax Wanderers, putting pen to paper on a two-year deal with club options running all the way through to 2027.

The Cambridge, Ontario-born youngster previously had two stints with the club: his first saw him land as a trialist, where he featured for the Wanderers U-23 team against Holstein Keil last season.

He then signed a a short-term deal with York United that saw him ride the bench three times in CPL action, after which he was due to depart for the University of Vermont.

Academic delays saw his NCAA debut curtailed, with Vasconcelos able to return out east to sign a developmental deal with Halifax instead.

Head coach Patrice Gheisar handed Camilo his professional debut in a 1-0 win over Valour FC and is evidently keen to see what he can do as a full-fledged professional.

“We are very excited to commit to Camilo long term as he is a player that immediately showed last year he can play a key role,” says Patrice, who has coached a number of national team stars.

“The sky is the limit for him. He has high technical ability, believes in himself and is a U-21 that will be with us for multiple years.”

Guelph United Camilo Vasconcelos
Photo Credit: Guelph United

It was two seasons ago that Camilo began to turn heads, winning Guelph United‘s U-21 Player of the Year award after making ten senior appearances for the side. He returned to make ten appearances for them last season, contributing four goals in League1 Ontario action between his stints at York and Halifax.

“It’s a dream come true, I’m super thrilled. Last year was incredible seeing the passion around the club, and I can’t wait to be in that again,” added the 18-year-old. “I am focused on working hard and proving myself. One big goal for me is to score at the Wanderers Grounds this season, as I know that would be an incredible feeling.”

The Halifax Wanderers now have their league-mandated number of domestic U-21 athletes, with Tiago Coimbra and Tomas Giraldo both staying on the roster.

Amazingly, he isn’t the only athlete to sign with the club this year after two prior stints: defender Kareem Sow also signed a professional deal this year, while Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare mutually terminated his deal with York United to return to Halifax for a second spell.

Header Image Photo Credit: Trevor MacMillan / Halifax Wanderers

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