OTTAWA – Ottawa Fury FC announced on Wednesday the club had acquired experienced center back Doneil Henry on loan from Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer. Henry brings extensive MLS and Premier League experience to Fury FC, as well as an additional boost to the Canadian contingent within the club’s squad.
“Canadian soccer fans would know and recognize what Doneil can bring to our club,” said Fury FC General Manager Julian de Guzman. “His experience, both in one of the premier leagues in the world and in North America, and competitive nature will be a great assets for Fury FC as we continue to find our rhythm and fight for our rightful place in this league.”
The 25-year-old Henry joined Whitecaps FC in December after three years with Premier League club West Ham United FC, during which time he also competed on loan with Blackburn Rovers FC and AC Horsens. Prior to that, Henry began his professional career with Toronto FC, starting 73 of his 93 first-team appearances across all competitions from 2010 to 2015 and winning the Canadian Championship in three consecutive years (2010-2012).
The North York, Ontario native started playing soccer with the Brampton Youth Soccer Club and North Mississauga, before joining the Toronto FC Academy in 2008. He made his debut with the Canadian national youth program in 2010 and has since cumulated 20 starts in 22 appearances for the Canadian Men's National Team in addition to being honored with the Canadian U20 Player of the Year award in 2012.
Henry will join Fury FC this week in training and will remain with the club until the end of May, when he is expected to return to Vancouver.
“Doneil has worked extremely hard to get himself fit this season,” said Whitecaps FC Head Coach Carl Robinson. “This is a great opportunity for him to play in some games and take that important next step in his recovery before returning to the club in a month's time.”
Fury FC will return to league action this Saturday at 2 p.m. ET when it hosts FC Cincinnati at TD Place.