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Star Cavalry Striker Myer Bevan Absent From Club Duties

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Scoring Cavalry’s first-ever Champions Cup goal against MLS opposition may have been New Zealand striker Myer Bevan’s last act with the club – though nobody knew it at the time.

As reported by the Calgary Herald, the under-contract striker returned to New Zealand to be with his young family after the match, but failed to report back to the Canadian Premier League side afterwards. After being absent for the club’s preseason camp in Mexico and its return to Calgary, he has now been placed on the club’s inactive list.

We had reached out to the club for comment earlier this week, but did not receive a reply on the matter before the news officially broke today.

Speaking with Todd Saelhof of the Calgary Herald, Cavalry head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. confirmed that Bevan has been formally placed on the inactive roster list, presumably through its exceptional circumstances clause.

After our initial publication of this article, we have confirmed that the forward would be allowed to rejoin the team should club and player come to agreement, and assuming Cavalry still has roster space at that point.

“There’s no rift between us. I can’t really go into his reasons yet, because we don’t fully understand them all,” said Wheeldon Jr. on the matter. “I can say it is that it’s personal reasons why he’s chosen not to return with the club. I think once we understand what the full ramifications are, we can then make a further announcement.”

The gaffer describes that Myer – who recently welcomed a second daughter his young family – has opted to remain in his native New Zealand for personal reasons, with the club still trying to ‘figure everything out’. Bevan and his partner Juliette also run a coupled TikTok account that has over 700,000 active followers and 40 million accumulative likes.

Cavalry FC Myer Bevan
Photo Credit: Tony Lewis / CFC Media

The Calgary Herald reports that there Bevan and the club have communicated openly, with the striker letting them know that he would not be returning to his preseason duties following February’s double-header against Orlando City SC.

The New Zealand striker holds Canadian citizenship and has been one of the club’s top performers since his arrival in 2022. He tallied an incredible six goals in fourteen appearances in year one, with his follow-up campaign seeing him score eleven goals, earning him plaudits as the co-winner of the Golden Boot.

Fittingly, scoring a consolation goal against Orlando this spring – Cavalry’s first in continental competition – may have been his last act for the Spruce Meadows faithful, though what happens for the under-contract athlete next is still a bit of a mystery.

Atletico Ottawa defender Jonathan Grant is the only other player league-wide on the inactive roster list, though he suffered a season-ending injury.

In the meantime, Tommy Wheeldon is focusing on heading into the season with the players that he does have at disposal, with former Atletico Ottawa striker Malcolm Shaw recently joining camp and additions like Aussie forward Lleyton Brooks and CPL familiar Toby Warschewski also coming in, while striker William Akio remains with the team.

Header Image Photo Credit: John Jacques

Source: Calgary Herald

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