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  1. Chris 1976

    HFX Wanderers launch/2019 offseason thread

    Sekunda is 23 and has 83 professional games under his belt which is 83 more than a number of other signings announced. He is young, technically strong and has the potential to play at a much higher level but just needs the right development platform which is what the CPL is all about. We don’t want a league full of older players having to drop down a level to where they can get minutes, we need 18-23 years olds that can be developed and sold on after 1/2 seasons. Playing for Canadian youth teams is no guarantee of future success as individual managers stick to certain types of players who fit their style of play and we hardly have a legacy of success! This has to be a league that improves the overall technical standard of Canadian football, developing players that are comfortable in possession, can play our and keep possession under pressure, like all the top soccer nations can. If this is just going to be a boys club so old faces can get game minutes the product will be predictable and dire. I personally hope SH signs a whole team of exciting and technically strong U23s as the on field product will entertain fans. They might not win the league but you will get your monies worth.
  2. Chris 1976

    HFX Wanderers launch/2019 offseason thread

    If you were a manager or pro scout, Would you rather have a young player with experience, who has worked his way up through a professional club, overcome adversity , lived away from home for last few years, played USL, Swedish tier 3 and Australia whilst having to overcome the many personal and mental challenges encountered during his professional journey so far, or a player who has been living comfortably at home with his family and playing LIO?
  3. Chris 1976

    HFX Wanderers launch/2019 offseason thread

    Also Hart is vastly experienced and well connected. I have no doubt Some of his signings may well surprise a few people and provide realistic sell on potential for the club
  4. Chris 1976

    HFX Wanderers launch/2019 offseason thread

    They have only announced one player so far who happens to be a very good young Canadian professional who has had valuable experience in Europe. Trust me more than one player is signed with the club they just haven’t announced them yet but will be soon. Quality over quantity
  5. Chris 1976

    CPL General

    Tier 4 England £1000 to 1500 per week
  6. Chris 1976

    CPL General

    Did tell you those exact figures a few weeks back
  7. Chris 1976

    Players you expect to see in the CPL

    Lots of contacts are signed but Some clubs are clearly telling their players to keep quiet and some are not. The league are controlling how and when names are officially released.
  8. Chris 1976

    HFX Wanderers launch/2019 offseason thread

    Just as an example, Halifax has 3x the population of the city of Norwich in the U.K. Norwich city FC get 20,000+ to home games. So if The CPL takes off the long term attendance potential is incredible !
  9. Chris 1976

    Players you expect to see in the CPL

    Must be a Canadian citizen if born in Burlington ? york 9 don’t seem to towing the media line with signings being leaked out
  10. Chris 1976

    York 9 2019 launch/offseason thread

    The league needs to be put into simple perspective. It has been designed to allow the best young Canadian talent aged 16-23 to remain in Canada, so they don’t have to join a European 3/4th tier to scrape a living and get professional first team minutes. The 1% best of the best Canadians will of course still end up at Liverpool, Bayern M etc as money will always win the day, however now these young players can use the CPL as a stepping stone to bigger things. Hopefully in time the top professional Canadian player can stay and have a 15 year CPL career as the league expands but we are a long way off that happening right now. Let’s just enjoy watching some of these young talents mature into top players and get bought for a few million by the richer European clubs and that money can be invested back into the CPL. I think most of the CPL managers will be looking to move their top young talents on after 1/2 seasons and keep the conveyor belt rolling. We do need these more experienced players in though initially to raise the bar and provide some much needed European experience to the league otherwise we could of just rebranded L1O to CPL use the same players and it won’t improve year on year in much needed technical quality.
  11. Chris 1976

    Players you expect to see in the CPL

    Don’t forget too the accommodation costs are big financial factors here too. clubs like HFX who may not have enough local commutable players to fill their roster up will probably have bigger operating costs than say York who will have a large proportion of local players who can remain living at home.
  12. Chris 1976

    HFX Wanderers launch/2019 offseason thread

    Sukunda is very hardworking, intelligent, comfortable in possession and attack minded. Had a great coach at Ottawa Fury U12/13 in Kwesi, big focus on that program in technical ability and playing the right way. In many ways the Fury when still a PDL club were well ahead of their time with the academy program and produced a number of current professional players as the transition from the Fury to a more technical European style of play was a natural step to make. Not sure how he ended up in Australia as he fought his way into the starting line up at Umea FC in Sweden and had a cracking season in the end. Maybe better money down under I don’t know. Sweden tier 3 is a tough physical league so he will be ready for the CPL Pretty sure HFX have a few others like Sukunda under their sleeve!
  13. Chris 1976

    CPL General

    My error with the level of Kaiserslautern first team. Regardless Chung is a very talented young Canadian who was the best player imo for Canada u20 v England u20 2 years ago. A game I watched in person in Doncaster. He has not turned into a bad player overnight. For whatever reason it has not worked out in Germany but that could be for a multitude of non football reasons. Tier 5 Germany is not a great football spectacle and he is very much a intelligent, technical player who keeps it simple, makes excellent decisions on the pitch and likes to attack. He will flourish in the CPL which is what we want our young players to do isn’t it?
  14. Chris 1976

    Players you expect to see in the CPL

    Lots of players have signed contracts now so some of these make sense especially furlano and Borges. The league are just stretching out the releasing of names
  15. Chris 1976

    CPL General

    PFC signed a top young talent who was playing in a bundisliga 2 team and he is only 20. He will use CPL to kick on to a much higher level by 22. There are more like him to come over coming weeks
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