From Vancouver To Valletta: Marcus Simmons Inks Deal In Malta
Canadian-Guyanese left-back Marcus Simmons is taking his next steps in Malta – and that journey has already begun.
The Edmontonian appears to have been a deadline day departure for Vancouver FC, though he’s still listed on the club’s roster. He has already been unveiled by Maltese top flight side Valletta FC, who hail from the nation’s capital.
Having made just five appearances for the CPL side this season, a fresh move elsewhere looked needed for the 23-year-old. Simmons has been out of Ghotbi’s matchday roster since July 8, when he featured for a few minutes in a home win over the Halifax Wanderers.
Simmons turned professional with FC Edmonton last year, making 24 appearances as a left-back during the club’s final season. Before that, the Edmonton local had turned heads at the U SPORTS level with both York University Lions and MacEwan University.
While he failed to break through as more than fringe player out west with Vancouver FC, the Guyana national team head coach Jamaal Shabazz still called him for a training camp this summer.
“We would like to welcome Marcus and wish him the best of luck with our club,” read a statement from Valletta FC, who will begin their new season with a match against Sirens FC on September 17.
Simmons had made thirty appearances for CPL sides prior to his first stint playing abroad.