VICTORIA, BC – Victoria Highlanders FC announced Wednesday, the return of local defender Callum Montgomery for the 2017 Premier Development League (PDL) season. The young defender returns to the Highlanders fold following his sophomore season with the University of Carolina – Charlotte (UNCC).

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Montgomery, originally from Nanaimo BC, moved to Victoria to attend Saint Michaels University School and was a member of the Highlanders Prospects Academy. During the varsity season, Montgomery competes for UNCC, the 16th-ranked Division I soccer program in the United States.

The six-foot-three centre back has earned a wealth of recognition during his varsity career, including being named a Division I COSIDA Academic All-American, a two-time Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week selection, College Soccer National Team of the Week selection, as well as the Conference USA Defender of the Week, Conference USA All-Academic Team, Freshman All-Conference Team and was the 2016 Highlanders Player Of The Year.

Montgomery 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. Several additional signings are expected at week’s end.

“The club is thrilled to welcome Callum back for the upcoming season,” Highlanders head coach Dave Dew remarked. “Callum’s size and skill at the centre back position will be a welcome addition to the group. His experience at the highest level of collegiate soccer in North America will no doubt pay dividends for us this year as we set our sights on a Championship run.”

Montgomery 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

Goalkeepers
Simon Norgrove, Yuchiro Hayami

Defenders
Sho Goto, Stuart Heath, Callum Montgomery

Midfielders
Owen Pearce, Eva Batousol

Forwards
Ryan McCurdy

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.

ABOUT THE PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
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.