He’s Back: Halifax Wanderers Unveil Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare
Deja vu: Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare is suiting up in blue.
The highly technical midfielder returns to the Halifax Wanderers just one year after having asked to leave for York United, where he mutually terminated his contract in order to land a move back east.
He’s now signed a two-year contract that should see him call Wanderers Grounds home through to 2025.
His surprising boomerang move comes after what had been a strong season with York United, for whom Gagnon-Lapare racked up five assists in 21 appearances. He had been viewed as a strong addition in Ontario after he requested to leave Halifax in the tail end of 2022, having made five assists and 47 appearances for the Wanderers between 2021-2022.
“It was impressive to see what the club was able to achieve in 2023, and watching how this team played last year, I think I can fit well with their style and also help the team,” said the midfielder.
JGL – who has made five appearances for the national team – has also previously played for both the Ottawa Fury and Saint Louis FC after beginning his career in MLS with CF Montreal. His move to Halifax was made with the belief he could buoy himself up to a higher level.
The 28-year-old Sherbrooke native has signed a two-year deal with the Nova Scotian side and now returns to Wanderers Grounds with seventy CPL appearances to his name. This will be his first time playing under Patrice Gheisar, who succeeded Stephen Hart as the Wanderers boss last year.
“Jeremy has a special ability to keep the ball moving and has a commitment to the game that will set a standard in our team,” said Gheisar himself. “His technical qualities, distribution and ability to chip in with assists from the heart of the midfield will make him a great fit in our system.”
The Halifax Wanderers have been largely quiet on the roster front since releasing their end-of-season roster update last year, when they’d released six players. The club has since sold Callum Watson to Chattanooga FC, and appear to be adding Italian midfielder Giorgio Probo.
Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare is the first official ‘new’ addition of the offseason, marking the first time an athlete has returned to a CPL club after making an intra-league move elsewhere.
Having signed a two-year deal, there’ll be plenty of curiosity on what led JGL to seek out a return back east after he’d designed his own exit just over one year ago.
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