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OTTAWA – Ottawa Fury FC announced on Thursday the return of local players Eddie Edward and Jamar Dixon along with goalkeeper Andrew MacRae as the club builds toward its inaugural season in the USL in 2017. All three signings are pending league and federation approval.
"We are delighted to welcome Eddie and Jamar back for next year,” said Fury FC Head Coach Paul Dalglish. “Both players bring a lot of experience, a good work ethic and fit perfectly into our system. The fact that they are both from Ottawa is a big bonus and shows our dedication towards our community.”
Edward joined Fury FC at the end of Spring Season this year and cemented himself as one of the cornerstones of Ottawa’s backline. In 2016, the 28-year-old right back reached a career-high in minutes played, logging 2,352 minutes split between FC Edmonton (9 matches) and Fury FC (19 matches).
“I’m thrilled to continue living the dream of playing for my home city,” said Edward. “This club is going in a positive direction and I'm extremely honored to be here and be a part of the continued growth of Ottawa Fury FC."
Fellow Ottawa native Jamar Dixon proved to be an important asset of the Fury FC midfield, as the 27-year-old logged in nearly 900 minutes in 12 games, recording two assists and earning an NASL Team of the Week nomination. Dixon was also named on Wednesday to the Canada squad that will face South Korea in an international exhibition on November 11th.
“I’m very happy to be back in Ottawa next year. Having the opportunity to play for my hometown club again, I couldn’t ask for more, especially with the way we are treated here,” said Dixon. “I think the new league is a step in the right direction and as players we want to stay focused and contribute on the pitch to make this club successful.”
Also returning to Fury FC for the 2017 season is 26-year-old goalkeeper, Andrew MacRae. The Coldbrook, Nova Scotia native will be back for a second season with the club, after spending this past year developing alongside Romuald Peiser, Marcel DeBellis and goalkeeper coach Bruce Grobbelaar.
The first four players announced to the squad for the 2017 season are all Canadian as the trio of Edward, Dixon and MacRae join Carl Haworth, whose returned was announced on Tuesday.