VICTORIA, BC – Victoria Highlanders FC announced Tuesday, the signing of Eva Batousol from London, England for the 2017 Premier Development League (PDL) season, pending ITC clearance. Batousol was brought up through Ashford Town (Middlesex) FC’s youth system before joining Sheffield FC in 2015-16.
The six-foot-one, forward/attacking midfielder broke into Ashford Town (Middlesex) FC’s First Team following his youth career and represented Middlesex FA County team with eight caps. Batousol was also a member of Barnet FC’s youth team before relocating to Sheffield to study Sport and Sociology at Sheffield Hallam University. In the 2015-16 season, the left-footed, London native captained the University men’s First Team.
Batousol is the latest signing for the Highlanders ahead of the 2017 PDL season, which kicks off May 14 at the University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium. Highlanders head coach Dave Dew’s squad is beginning to shape up as the Season Opener nears, with several additional signings and returning players expected to be announced in the coming days and weeks.
“Eva is an exciting addition to our roster,” Dew commented. “His attacking mindset and physical presence will play a big role in our midfield this year. I am very excited to welcome Eva to the club and Victoria and I am confident that his playing style will delight our fans.”
Batousol and the Highlanders open their 2017 PDL 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.
Current Highlanders FC 2017 Roster
Simon Norgrove, Yuchiro Hayami
Sho Goto, Stuart Heath
Owen Pearce, Eva Batousol
ABOUT VICTORIA HIGHLANDERS FC
Victoria Highlanders FC is a Canadian soccer team based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The team was founded in 2007, competing in the USL Premier Development League through the 2014 season. After a season in the PCSL, the Highlanders returned to the PDL in 2016.
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The proven developmental leader in North American soccer's evolving tiered structure, the Premier Development League features 72 franchises in four conferences throughout the United States and Canada, including 16 clubs that are owned and operated by a professional club, or that hold a partnership with a professional club. The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with nearly 70 percent of all MLS selections since 2010 having PDL experience.