Breaking: Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare Heading To Halifax
Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare is pulling a boomerang move back to the Halifax Wanderers.
As first reported by Wanderers Notebook, we’ve confirmed that the free agent – who was a surprise release after mutually terminating his contract with York United this offseason – has put pen to paper on a new multi-year reunion with the Halifax Wanderers.
Gagnon-Lapare was a strong and technical presence in the Nine Stripes midfield, racking up five assists in 21 appearances under Martin Nash. He had been viewed as a strong addition after he requested to leave Halifax the season the season prior after having made five assists and 47 appearances for the east coast club.
The former Ottawa Fury and Saint Louis FC midfielder had been a crucial element of Halifax’s midfield production under Stephen Hart, with JGL evidently lured back by a strong opening to the the Patrice Gheisar era after feeling unsettled in Toronto.
The 28-year-old Sherbrooke native has signed a two-year deal with the Nova Scotian side and will return to Wanderers Ground with seventy CPL appearances to his name – along with MLS and USL experience too, of course.
Having requested mutually terminations in two consecutive years and making history by coming the first Wanderers athlete to head back to the club after making an intra-league move elsewhere, there’ll be plenty of eyes looking at Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare this season and judging whether the right choices were made.
A source from York United notes that the club had already lined up a replacement target for JGL – described as more dynamic – that Nash is confident in landing, so time will tell how the move works out for both sides.
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