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HFX Wanderers FC Sign Young Prospects Lamy and Simmons

January 22, 2019 - Canadian Premier League (CPL) - HFX Wanderers FC News Release

Halifax, N.S. - The first ever squad of HFX Wanderers FC continues to take shape with the announcement of two more player signings.

Forward Vincent Lamy and midfielder Elliot Simmons have joined as the soccer club's latest roster additions.

Both are young prospects Head Coach Stephen Hart believes have what it takes to grow into prominent members of his team and the new Canadian Premier League.

"One of the things that attracted me to these players is their enthusiasm and desire to be professional players, that intrinsic motivation cannot be taught," said Hart. "These are the type of players we want, young and enthusiastic players, who love the game."

Lamy, 19, from Sherbrooke, Quebec made it onto Hart's radar during his time with Montreal Impact's Youth Academy team. That's where he got the reputation of being sharp in front of goal, scoring 25 goals in 24 games during the 2018-2019 USSDA season, including playoffs. "I'm really excited," Lamy said. "It's my first pro contract and I really want to do well to impress everyone. I can't wait."

Simmons, 20, was born in England but spent part of his childhood in Stittsville, Ontario where he was a part of the Ottawa Fury youth academy. However, he moved back to England in 2010 to play with MK Dons' youth team.

The midfield playmaker is joining the Wanderers after playing in Sweden and then in Finland, where he was a first team regular for Mikkelin Palloilijat FC.

"It's a great privilege," said Elliot Simmons, of being unveiled as one of the Wanderers early signings. "To play under such a high calibre manager who has been at the top level, I know I will learn a lot from him and that he will get the best out of me."

Simmons is signing pending the completion of an International Transfer Certificate in February.

The young prospects are the seventh and eighth signings to be confirmed by the Wanderers as the club gets ready for the inaugural Canadian Premier League season, kicking off in the spring.

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