Homeward Bound: David Norman Jr. Set For Vancouver FC
After a successful spell in Europe, David Norman Jr. is coming back home to British Columbia.
The transfer was revealed by Josh Deming this morning, and has now been confirmed by multiple sources we’ve reached out to.
We had reported that Vancouver FC was set to bring in two former Cavalry players, with Ben Fisk and David Norman Jr. now comprising the two additions who had once suited up for the reigning CPL regular season champions.
The last twelve months have seen the 25-year-old defender earn promotion to League One with Northampton Town before signing with Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Athletic, where he replaced Axel Sjoberg in the lineup to not only help the club reach a historic FAI Cup Final, but win the match in front of a record crowd of 43,881 spectators.
The Canadian defender had spent two seasons with Cavalry FC (and a short loan spell with Pacific FC) in the past, making the former Whitecaps prospect quite a well-known product in the CPL – but also one who’s made waves across the pond, where he broke through the starting line-ups at both of his former sides.
“I’ve definitely grown as a footballer, but I also think I’ve shown my ability. I’ve shown what kind of player I am in different leagues,” David had told us regarding his European chapter, which came after his initial negotiations with Vancouver FC had broken down last year.
When we spoke with Norman Jr. in the fall, he had told us about his firm appreciation for Canada’s top flight and had even mentioned how great it was to play professionally at home, perhaps a coy nod to a future return to British Columbia.
Having made 48 appearances for Cavalry across two campaigns that saw the club reach postseason heights in both campaigns, Norman Jr. is set to be a very astute pickup for the expansion side: not only is he a proven product with high-level experience, but he offers the club defensive versatility across the back line, too.
While Vancouver FC has yet to make things official, we can confirm Josh’s report about the inbound addition. The club’s defensive line is in for some hefty changes: they’ve retained just five defenders with James Cameron (who trialed in England), Kadin Chung, Tyler Crawford, Rocco Romeo, and Anthony White. While Ibrahim Bakare is also under contract, he is not expected to return for 2024.
Vancouver FC look to be the destination for at least one more CPL defender in Paris Gee, who we’ve been told is seeking a move back closer to his family. The club is expected to provide several transfer updates this month, with their official roster count at 16 players following the 2023 CPL season.
Header Image Photo Credit: St. Patrick’s Athletic