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HFX Wanderers FC Sign First Halifax-Born Player

January 30, 2019 - Canadian Premier League (CPL) - HFX Wanderers FC News Release

Halifax, N.S. - HFX Wanderers FC are pleased to announce Scott Firth as the first Halifax-born player to sign for the club. 17-year-old Firth is making history as the first hometown player to join the Wanderers, who are building a team for the new Canadian Premier League.

"It's a great feeling especially being local," smiled Firth. The fact I grew up here, to be playing pro soccer in front of faces I know and see on a daily basis is something to dream of."

After making club nationals with local team Suburban FC three times - in addition to three first place finishes at the Atlantic championship for the Nova Scotia provincial team - he's a midfield player Wanderers coach Stephen Hart has monitored for some time.

"He shows good tactical understanding, technically he is growing day to day and his attitude on and off the field is excellent," said Hart. "He is a young player but this is his chance. This league is about finding that potential talent and providing the opportunity where their game can grow."

The new Canadian Premier League is coming around at the perfect time for Firth, who has dreamed of playing at the professional level since falling in love with the game as a five-year-old playing for Scotia FC.

With no national league to aspire to during his childhood, he thought he might have to move away to achieve that, until the new CPL was announced.

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

He got his first taste at playing against elite level opposition when he was chosen to play for the Wanderers Atlantic Selects team last summer against Fortuna Düsseldorf.

"The crowd and the atmosphere was amazing," he said, "The Wanderers grounds is amazing, I can't wait."

The teenager describes himself as a holding midfield player with the vision to pick a pass and keep possession for his team.

One of the hottest young local prospects in Nova Scotia, Firth has been attracting attention from professional clubs since the age of 14.

But even though he earned trials for two teams in Portugal, before spending time in the Vancouver Whitecaps residency program and then going for tryouts with Toronto FC's U-20 team - Firth always dreamed about playing in his hometown.

"Most of my family lives around here, so they'll probably make it out to most games. It'll be awesome being able to play in front of them," he said, adding he doesn't feel pressure being the first local Wanderers player, but more a sense of excitement.

The Firth signing takes the Wanderers confirmed number of players to nine as Stephen Hart's squad continues to take shape with the new league kicking off in April.

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