VICTORIA, BC – Victoria Highlanders FC have announced their initial three signings for the 2017 Premier Development League (PDL) season. Goalkeeper Simon Norgrove, defender Owen Pearce and forward Ryan McCurdy will suit up for the Highlanders when their PDL season kicks off, May 14 at Centennial Stadium.
“These signings are about rebuilding the spine of the team after last year to be honest,” Highlanders FC head coach Dave Dew stated. “If you look at McCurdy, he can play up front like he is doing right now in Vic West, but is also known as a good centre back. The goalkeeper is essential to the spine of the team, so Simon is an important piece. All the reports I have received about Owen have said that he will really establish things for us in the middle of the park. All three of them will be very important for us.”
Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, McCurdy relocated to Victoria in August 2016 and holds dual citizenship. The defender played for Kingston Clippers in Ontario League One, and registered 11 goals in 2015 before suffering an injury setback in 2016. McCurdy and Kingston FC finished at the top of the Canadian Soccer League (CSL) table in 2013, a year in which he also nominated for CSL defender of the year. McCurdy’s resume also includes time with Linfield FC’s U-18 squad in the Irish Football Association Youth League, where he won a Youth League title and Youth League cup. As a dual citizen he was selected to represent Canada in the Olympic Development Program in Florida in 2008.
Norgrove, a product of Victoria, featured in the Victoria Highlanders Academy program and has competed in the Lower Island Wave Program, as well as the Reynolds Centre for Soccer Excellence. Currently at the tail end of his rookie year with the University of Guelph, Norgrove originally signed with the Highlanders for the 2016 season, but was unable to dress due to illness.
Toronto native Pearce is completing his sophomore year at NCAA Div. I Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and will add valuable experience to the Highlanders roster, having won the 2015 CIS (U Sports) Championship with York University prior to his transfer to Robert Morris. Pearce was a member of Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC Academy from January 2013 until June 2014 and has been involved in the player pools for the Canadian U-17 and U-20 programs.
The Highlanders kick off their 2017 season on May 14 at Centennial Stadium against Lane United FC at 2:00 p.m. PST. For 2017 tickets, please click HERE or visit www.highlandersfc.ca for more information.