Lennon Thompson Earns Hearts Deal In Scotland
Following a two-week trial with the Hearts of Midlothian U-21 side, former Vancouver FC midfielder Lennon Thompson has now put pen to paper with the club and will join the Hearts B Team until the end of the season.
The 19-year-old Surrey native had been with Canadian Premier League side Vancouver FC on a developmental contract this season, making three professional appearances while also suiting up twice for League1 BC club Unity FC through the league’s downwards player movement project.
Hearts B play in the Lowland Football League, the fifth tier of Scottish football. Head coach Liam Fox says that the Lennon had shown up quite well during his two-week trial, with Hearts now giving him an opportunity over the summer to earn a long-term deal in Edinburgh.
The Hearts B team consists of primarily U-21 athletes and currently rest second in the lLowland league, six pointsof East Kilbride after twenty-two games played.
“He has shown a good attitude, and he has some good qualities. He can play in the middle of the park or in defence, so he has some versatility about him. The ball is in his court now to try and force his way into the B Team, but we’re delighted to have him here,” added Fox.
This won’t be Thompson’s first experience playing abroad: the youngster had trialed with Maltesian side Siren FC following his time with the Vancouver Whitecaps Academy in 2019, though it remains to be seen how the former CPL understudy does with the Wee Jambos.
Vancouver FC confirmed Lennon’s departure in an end-of-season roster update yesterday, with four other players also leaving the club. The Eagles have cleared big roster real estate space ahead of the 2024 CPL season: we’ve heard two former Cavalry men are en route, amongst others, to help the side push up the table in the upcoming season.
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