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Halifax’s new professional soccer team announces signing of first local player

Scott Firth, 17, of Halifax, was announced as the ninth signing of the HFX Wanderers on Wednesday. Submitted: HFX Wanderers

The HFX Wanderers have bolstered their roster with some Maritime blood.

The yet-to-be-formed soccer club announced Wednesday they’ve signed 17-year-old Scott Firth, a Halifax midfielder dubbed “one of the hottest prospects in Nova Scotia.”

In a press release Wednesday, the Wanderers said Firth has been attracting attention from professional clubs since his early teens.

READ MORE: ‘It feels truly amazing’: HFX Wanderers announce first official player signing

Firth calls the opportunity to play professionally in his home province nothing short of exciting.

“As soon as I heard about the league, I knew it was a chance,” Firth said. “It’s a new pathway to the top that helps a lot of people to achieve their full potential and get noticed.

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Firth is the ninth player to sign with the Wanderers. The club inked their first player in November, 23-year-old fullback Zachary Sukunda. They’ve steadily increased their roster over the past few weeks, adding up-and-coming players with professional experience overseas.

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Other signings include goaltender Jan-Michael Williams, defenders Elton John and Chakib Hocine, midfielder Elliot Simmons, and forwards Akeem Garcia, Andre Rampersad, and Vincent Lamy.

The club also drafted two defenders and a keeper at the CPL U SPORTS draft earlier in November. Peter Schaale, André Bona and Christian Oxner still need to prove themselves to head coach Stephen Hart before cracking the roster.

READ MORE: HFX Wanderers take 2 defencemen, keeper at CPL U SPORTS draft

The Canadian Premier League is scheduled to begin this spring.

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