Telfer Makes CPL Return, Wanders Out East
Former Toronto FC winger Ryan Telfer has landed in the Canadian Premier League…for the third time.
The Trinidad and Tobago international has had hot-and-cold seasons split between several clubs, coming in with a high ceiling if he can find his footing at Wanderers Grounds.
“I’ve been interested in joining the Wanderers for a long time, going back to the start of the CPL,” reveals the winger. “I’m looking forward to playing in Canada again and being on a team that is playing an exciting brand of football.”
The former Toronto FC forward had made twenty appearances for the reds before spending the last five years between just as many clubs, while tallying an incredible nine goals and six assists in 28 national team appearances for the Soca Warriors.
Telfer cemented himself as a CPL trivia piece of history by scoring the league’s first-ever goal, spending the 2019 CPL season on loan with York United. He finished the campaign with ten goals to his name, even grabbing an assist for Toronto FC during a one-match emergency loan recall.
His follow-up campaign as a permanent signing for York United proved quiet, with the forward moving to Atletico Ottawa the following year. He bagged three goals in sixteen appearances while in the nation’s capital, though the season was mired by disciplinary issues that indicated a fresh start elsewhere was likely needed.
Telfer then moved stateside, landing with the Columbus Crew 2. Reunited with Tim Bezbatchenko, he contributed four goals and three assists through fifteen appearances while helping the side to an MLS NEXT Pro title.
He then found himself on the move again, this time to USL Championship side Miami FC, where he featured regularly and tallied five goals before making his present Canadian Premier League return.
All-told, the Trinidad and Tobago international clearly has the talent to be a big contributor at the CPL level. Rather, it appears the big question is if his previous attitude issues will be tempered under the guidance of Patrice Gheisar.
“I have known Ryan for a long time and had the pleasure of working with him on several occasions,” revealed the gaffer. “We’re excited to add a player of his level to our attack. He’s a left-footer that has loads of experience against tough opposition playing in some big games for club and country and has developed into a leader over the years.”
The club did some smart business by limiting the move to a one-year deal with a club option for a further year, should the move prove fruitful. Capable of playing on both flanks, it looks like the Wanderers intend on featuring him as a right winger for 2024.
Telfer becomes the second brand new signing of the Wanderers offseason, with Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare – another former Nine Stripe – returning out east.
Header Image Photo Credit: John Jacques