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Halifax Wanderers Announce End-Of-Season Roster Update

By on December 19, 2023 0 1766 Views

The Halifax Wanderers revealed an end-of-season roster update highlighted by the departure of national team veteran Doneil Henry, while also confirming the return of key players like Cale Loughrey, Aidan Daniels, and Riley Ferrazzo.

The update confirmed the retention of the above three players and the release of six, leaving the Wanderers roster list standing at thirteen players following their playoff-clinching season – one which saw head coach Patrice Gheisar earn a fast extension.

Halifax Wanderers Patrice Gheisar
Photo Credit: John Jacques

Coming in to the update, we already knew that Mohamed Omar and Fumpa Mwandwe had left, while Joao Morelli retired. Defender Daniel Nimick and midfielders Callum Watson, Lorenzo Callegari, and Tomas Giraldo all had their options already triggered for 2024.

Today’s update reveals that the club has activated its options on Cale Loughrey, Riley Ferrazzo, and Aidan Daniels, with the Wanderers also having club options on the trio for 2025 as well.

The headlining departures include Canadian national team defender Doneil Henry, while the likes of Theo Collomb, Cristian Campagna, Ryan James, Jake Ruby, and Armaan Wilson have also been passed over.

Halifax Wanderers Doneil Henry
Photo Credit: James Bennett / Halifax Wanderers

Veteran centre-back Doneil Henry had arrived as a high-profile addition to the east coast side following hops between LAFC, Toronto FC, and Minnesota United, but ultimately couldn’t make the minutes add up in competition with a strong centre-back pairing of Daniel Nimick and Cale Loughrey.

Defender Cristian Campagna departs after dropping out of the squad sheet in the fall, while Ryan James’ time in blue ended through injury. Jake Ruby and Armaan Wilson were sparingly used, while Theo Collomb’s four goal contributions weren’t enough to keep his spot on the roster heading in to 2024.

“We sincerely appreciate the contributions of Cristian, Doneil, Ryan, Armaan, Theo, Mo, Joao and Fumpa during their time at the club, particularly Jake, who has been with us for four seasons,” added Wanderers sporting director Matt Fegan.

Halifax Wanderers Theo Collomb
Photo Credit: Trevor MacMillan / Halifax Wanderers

“These decisions never come lightly as we work to meet CPL squad composition rules and ensure we have the right positional balance each season. We wish the players all the best for the future. They’ll always get a warm welcome back at Wanderers Grounds.”

In triggering its options on Loughrey, Daniels, and Ferrazzo, the club officially lands at 13 players confirmed for the 2024 CPL season.

Halifax Wanderers Aidan Daniels
Photo Credit: David Chant / York United FC

That will mark Aidan Daniel’s third with the Atlantic side after arriving as a number one target in 2022. While he had a rougher start that season, he’s been playing like a man reborn under Patrice Gheisar, featuring in every possible match, scoring three goals, and teeing up five assists this year.

“Aidan is a player who came into last season with the desire to adjust to a new environment from day one,” Gheisar says. “I think we saw him at his best late in the season, and I am excited to see his growth. He’s the type of player that knows how to step up when we need him.”

Halifax Wanderers Cale Loughrey
Photo Credit: John Jacques

Young centre-back Cale Loughrey had an incredible season out east, with the 22-year-old cementing himself as one of the best young defenders in the league. He made 25 appearances through the year, forging a strong partnership with Dan Nimick that ultimately kept even veteran arrival Doneil Henry out a starting spot.

With an 87% pass completion rate, the former Forge and FC Edmonton defender has raised his profile well, and Patrice Gheisar expects his stock to keep on growing.

“I’ve known Cale for a long time and knew he could adjust to how we play because he will do anything we ask of him,” stated the gaffer. “His size and style of play makes you forget just how young he is, and his maturity continues to grow.”

Halifax Wanderers Riley Ferrazzo
Photo Credit: Trevor MacMillan

Riley Ferrazzo also proved to be a professional-calibre addition after following Patrice Gheisar over from the Vaughan Azzurri. The 24-year-old’s rookie season tallied 24 appearances as a full-back sometimes deployed further up on the wing, and he didn’t look out of place for a minute.

“We thought he did a good job coming in and making an impact. He started our first game, and I thought he was brilliant. He did a good job winning his duels this season and is a great personality to have in our locker room.”

Previously locked in to 2024 guaranteed contracts were goalkeeper Yann Fillion, defenders Wesley Timoteo and Zachary Fernandez, club captain Andre Rampersad, and forwards Massimo Ferrin and Tiago Coimbra.

With today’s news, the Halifax Wanderers squad currently stands thirteen men strong, with the club revealing that the first brand new addition will be announced on an familiar-sounding Wanderers Wednesday on January 31.

The east coast side also laid claim to two familiar Wanderers U-23 prospects at the 2024 CPL-U SPORTS Draft earlier this month, while goalkeeper Aiden Rushenas had his U-SPORTS rights retained.

“After a year with so many changes, we are excited to have a large core group of players back for next season,” said Gheisar, who had overseen a large but successful rebuild this season.

“Now, to go to the next level, we will bring in pieces that compliment the team, and we expect the group returning from last season to continue to grow as well.”

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