FC Edmonton re-signed Goalkeeper Connor James for the 2021 Canadian Premier League season on Monday. This will be the third season with FC Edmonton for the 24-year-old, having signed his first contract in 2019.
He was nominated for the Canadian Premier League (CPL) Goalkeeper of the year after the CPL’s inaugural season in 2019. In 2020, James started six of the club’s seven matches during the CPL’s Island Games. In his time in the CPL, James has made 28 total appearances, and played a total of 2,520 minutes.
“We are looking forward to welcoming Connor back for his third season with the club,” said Alan Koch, FC Edmonton head coach via a club statement. “He has had good experiences so far in the CPL, and we look forward to taking him to an even higher level this year. His mentality, professionalism, and attitude are major positive influencers on creating the right training environment we need to have for team success.”
James has previously played for the University of Alberta Golden Bears in the U-SPORTS System.In November 2018, James was selected in the first round of the CPL U SPORTS Draft, the seventh overall pick by FC Edmonton, and officially signed with the club in January. Later in May, James made his professional debut against Valour FC in the club’s inaugural CPL match. He made a total of 22 league appearances in the 2019 season and re-signed with FC Edmonton for a second season in November of that year.
Determined to improve from previous season
“FC Edmonton has played a significant role in my life for many years and I’m extremely excited to be continuing my journey with the club,” said James. “Alan has a great vision for the future of the club, with strong values and clear objectives. I am happy to play a part in the future.”
James continued, “I am looking forward to working with the coaching staff to improve myself and working with the rest of the players to improve the team. Collectively, we are determined to bring success to the club.”