Northampton Town Signs David Norman Jr.
Former Cavalry defender David Norman Jr. has inked a deal with English League Two promotion contenders Northampton Town.
The 24-year-old had spent the last two seasons at Spruce Meadows, making 48 appearances and helping Cavalry secure passage into playoffs both times. He was used as both a left and centre-back by Tommy Wheeldon Jr., though his minutes certainly fluctuated during a final season in red that concluded with a controversial sending off.
We’d heard that David Norman Jr. was originally set to land at Vancouver FC until contract negotiations between the two broke down. Unable to agree on terms, Vancouver eventually brought in English defender Ibrahim Bakare.
Norman Jr. had once been on the precipice of Major League Soccer heights, inking a contract with the Whitecaps as a teenager in 2018 but featuring only once in domestic cup action. He’d also been picked up by Inter Miami CF in 2020, but saw the season curtailed through injury.
The move to Northampton Town won’t be his first foray into Europe: while with the Whitecaps, his first of two loans saw him land with Scottish Championship side Queen of the South before a short-term loan to Pacific FC in late 2019 saw his first taste of CPL action.
While just revealed this morning, Norman Jr. joined the English League Two side prior to the registration deadline closing on Thursday.
The BC-born defender has also flirted with being on the national team radar, featuring for Canada at the U-23 level two years ago at the Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying tournament. He appeared in all four matches, with Les Rouges bowing out to Mexico in the semi-finals.
Northampton Town currently rests fourth in League Two, where it’s a tight battle at the top: they’re level with third-place Carlisle, one point behind Stevenage, and just seven shy of league-leaders Leyton Orient.