Forge Defender Manjrekar James Sold To LD Alajuelense
Just one day after we reported that Costa Rican side LD Alajuelense were in advanced discussions to sign Forge defender Manjrekar James, his transfer has now been made official.
Forge will be compensated an undisclosed fee for the 30-year-old defender, who now arrives to Alajuelense on a two-year deal.
James is coming off of a very successful year in Hamilton, helping Forge to a title defence season as a mainstay defender all year long. The Canadian international led the four-time CPL champions in clearances (81), recoveries (190), duels won (161), and passes (1782), making 31 appearances this year.
The defender of the year nominee leaves big shoes to fill just one season after he proved a worthy successor to Daniel Krutzen, with Forge finishing 2023 with the second-least goals against of any CPL side.
This will mark the eleventh club James has played for in a storied career that has seen him feature in the UEFA Champions League, win Denmark’s domestic league and cup, and enjoy a trophy in his native Canada, for whom he has represented seventeen times.
His new employer has enjoyed a history-making season: Alajuelense became the first to win the Concacaf Central America Cup this year following a 1-4 aggregate win over Nicaraguan side Real Esteli, and did the double by hoisting the Costa Rican Cup after finishing runners-up in the 2023 Costa Rican Apertura stage.
Like Forge, Alajeulense will take place in the upcoming Concacaf Champions Cup, and could potentially even meet their CPL rivals Cavalry FC en route to the final.
“Manjrekar displayed his dedication to our club this season embracing our culture and playing a large role in helping the club obtain our fourth Canadian Premier League Title,” said Forge FC gaffer, Bobby Smyrniotis.
“We wish him all the best as he moves on in his career.”
Header Image Photo Credit: John Jacques