Canadian international Nik Ledgerwood has joined Calgary Foothills FC for the upcoming 2018 Premier Development League season.
Ledgerwood will also be chipping in to help train youth players in the Calgary Foothills acedemy.
“Being able to work with youth players in Calgary is very motivating to me,” said Ledgerwood. “It is where I grew up and where I developed as a youth player and now I am in a position to be able to give back to the community. I am very thankful for this opportunity.”
Foothills technical director and Foothills FC head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr says he’s excited with the signing of his former Calgary Storm teammate.
“Signing Nik has been a big coup for us this season and signals our future intentions,” said Wheeldon. “Nik is by no means here to wind down his playing career. He is here to stay sharp and inspire the next generation of Canadian players, whether it’s playing with our PDL team or through the Academy players that he will help train.”
Ledgerwood joins Foothills FC following the demise of his former club, NASL club FC Edmonton – which ceased operations late last year.
However, the 33-year-old says he was motivated to stay in Canada due to the anticipated launch of the Canadian Premier League (CPL) – the new professional Canadian soccer league, set to kick-off in April 2019.
“I am very excited about the CPL, it’s something Canadian kids have not had growing up,” he says. “To have a professional league across Canada will give the sport exposure and will create an environment for young footballers to further their careers. To be part of that right from the start is why I’m here.”
-with files courtesy Calgary Foothills FC release.