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HFX Wanderers Announce Signing of Cory Bent

May 4, 2020 - Canadian Premier League (CPL) - HFX Wanderers FC News Release

Halifax, N.S. - HFX Wanderers are happy to announce winger Cory Bent has signed a professional contract with the club.

Bent was chosen as the top university player in the CPL-U SPORTS draft by Stephen Hart last November, after firing 24 goals in 36 games for the Cape Breton Capers.

He went on to show impressive pace, power and attacking play in the Wanderers preseason camp before it was put on hold.

"I think the fans will love him," said Hart. "He has that desire and passion for the game and fighting quality, so he has certainly looked the part."

22-year-old Bent - who is from Preston, England - and played for his hometown team's academy, becomes the club's seventh international player.

"It's a feeling of relief and gratitude that through all the hard work I've now been able to achieve a dream of turning professional and I'm just grateful to represent the East Coast again," he said.

Hart has known about Bent's potential for several seasons after seeing him star for the Capers, where he was also part of a championship winning team.

"I think he has all the qualities to step up to this level, he's very fast and he is very direct," Hart said. "He can also play on the right or on the left wing and anywhere across the front-line which is extremely helpful."

Bent had left Preston's academy and was playing for nearby Clitheroe in the UK, when he was scouted by Capers coach Deano Morley, who brought him to Nova Scotia four years ago.

"Playing for Cape Breton has been great for me and after that I didn't want to go anywhere else, so I'm just really happy to be in Halifax and I'm excited to learn from the coach and the players here and get going as soon as we can," he said.

Bent, who has remained in Halifax through the pandemic, joins his former Cape Breton teammate Peter Schaale at the Wanderers.

The Wanderers players are following club designed workout routines to stay fit during the quarantine period with the Canadian Premier League season currently on hold.

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