HFX Wanderers FC announced the signing of Canadian forward Samuel Salter for the 2021 Canadian Premier League season. The contract includes and option for the 2022 and 2023 seasons.
The 20-year-old joins Halifax’s club from playing in NCAA Division 1 with California State University at Northridge Matadors (CSUN) Men’s soccer team. He is a product of the Montreal Impact FC Academy, scoring three goals in 14 appearances during his 2015-2016 season.
“We’re delighted to bring a young player of Sam’s quality to our squad to add further competition in attack,” said Matt Fegan, HFX Wanderers VP of Football Operations. “Having viewed his games in PLSQ league and in discussion with our scouting network, we’ve identified a player widely considered to be one of the best attackers coming out of Quebec. His versatility to play up front or out wide is exactly what Stephen looks for in a player.
“Having considered invitations for trials from several European clubs, the fact that Sam has opted to launch his professional career with us at Wanderers is further testament to the opportunities we’re creating for Canadian talent.”
First professional contract for Salter
Salter is looking forward to playing his first professional season in the CPL.
“Who would have thought four or five years ago that I’d be signing my first professional contract in my home country in front of family,” said Salter. “I have family in New Brunswick who aren’t too far away, It means a lot to me to finally have this chance and to be playing at home. I haven’t had the chance to play at home for the last two years so I’m just thankful.”
And Salter believes he and his style of play can contribute to the Wanderers right from the start.
“I’m a tall guy and I’m hoping to bring a lot of aspects to this team,” he said. “I’m also quick so I like to run in behind as a striker. I’m just looking to add more goals and add more depth to the squad and fight for my spot right from the beginning. I think that’s what I can bring to the table.”