Veteran For Vancouver FC: Ben Fisk Comes Home
Canadian Premier League side Vancouver FC has announced its first new addition of 2024, with Ben Fisk coming home to Vancouver on a two-year deal that includes a club option for 2026.
His transition from Cavalry concludes the second portion of a deal which involved a CPL-U SPORTS Draft spot trade between the two sides last month.
The thirty-year-old midfielder had spent the last three seasons in Alberta, tallying 65 appearances under Tommy Wheeldon Jr. and hoisting the CPL Shield as a regular season champion last fall.
Head coach Afshin Ghotbi had wanted to bring in more experience to the expansion side after seeing positive results to his mid-season roster moves last year, with the club climb up from dead last and recording four wins in its last six games.
“It’s really exciting to join Vancouver FC and represent my hometown, particularly at this stage in my career,” said Fisk himself. “After travelling the world to play football, I know what a luxury it is to be able to do what I love with friends and family watching from the stands.”
With nearly 200 professional appearances to his name, Fisk certainly fits the bill for a solid local addition in Langley – especially given that he had captained Atletico Ottawa after the inaugural CPL season saw him tally six goals and five assists for Pacific.
Fisk’s playing career started with the Whitecaps Academy before turning professional with the club’s U-23 side back in 2011. After a loan with the Charleston Battery, he went international and played for the likes of Coruxo and Deportivo de la Coruna’s reserves in Spain before returning to Canada and featuring for FC Edmonton in its NASL era.
After the Eddies ceased operations in NASL, Fisk joined Irish Premier Division side Derry City before Pacific lured him back home in 2019, with the midfielder racking up 98 appearances for CPL sides in the time since.
The Vancouver FC end-of-season roster update left just twelve players on the books heading into the new year, with Ben Fisk clocking in as the first new addition – though more deals have already concluded behind the scenes, including one involving another former Cavalry player.
“Ben embodies all the qualities we are looking for to improve our selection for 2024,” adds head coach Afshin Ghotbi. “He is connected to the community, has a long history and proven success in the CPL, possesses qualities to make players better around him, and he is a natural leader making Ben an important signing this season.”
Fisk also makes history as the first CPL athlete to have signed for four clubs in the league’s opening six seasons, having previously played for Pacific FC, Atletico Ottawa, and most recent club Cavalry FC.
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