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Competition heats up on day two of Wanderers training camp

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Wanderers coach mentions speed and quality of players on day two of camp.


Wanderers head coach Stephen Hart admits he has some selection headaches in finalizing his squad after the second day of training camp.

Just like on opening day, Hart liked what he saw from a number of players fighting for places.

“The quality has been good and some players impressed with the speed they were able to adapt to this level of play,” Hart explained.

There was a buzz at Soccer Nova Scotia as the Wanderers took to the field for the second day of training camp.
Elton John standing over the ball for a free kick on day two of training camp at Soccer Nova Scotia.

The club’s head coach said he now has some big choices to make, in deciding whether any of the trialists will be offered spots on his roster.

They’ve been battling for the remaining places in Hart’s Canadian Premier League squad, alongside players he has already signed over the past two days.

Once again Hart commented on the levels of commitment in the games at Soccer Nova Scotia, as the signings and trialists did their best to catch his eye.

There was some pinpoint passing and elegant link up play, as well as a few well taken goals, in addition to some full-blooded tackles that were flying in.

“We know there are players trying to make the team and there are some good players, so we hope they stay,” said Akeem Garcia, one of the Wanderers four signings from Trinidad and Tobago.

Akeem Garcia getting instructions from coach Stephen Hart at training camp.
Akeem Garcia getting instructions from coach Stephen Hart at training camp.

Garcia said he’s loving getting down to business and preparing for the season after being announced as a signing in January.

“I’m happy to be here, everyone has been so welcoming and I feel at home already,” he said.

Even though the players have only been together for a couple of days, there are signs a good team spirit is already developing.

“There’s a good vibe around the team,” said 81 cap Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams. “It’s early but I think we can do really good things.”

Jan-Michael Williams watching from the sidelines at the Wanderers training camp.
Jan-Michael Williams watching from the sidelines at the Wanderers training camp.

The keeper said even the snow and cold weather has been a refreshing change for him.

“It’s cold but in Trinidad it can be too hot,” he said.

The camaraderie is helping the international signings settle in quickly as they get used to their new surroundings in Halifax.

“Everyone is willing to help each other, we’re building a team and I feel like we can make a great team,” said the Wanderers Colombian striker Luis Alberto Perea.

Luis Alberto Perea getting used to the surroundings at Soccer Nova Scotia, in between matches.
Luis Alberto Perea getting a quick break in between matches at Soccer Nova Scotia.

Coach Hart is not placing any time frame on his next move, but said he will now get down to figuring out whether to offer contracts to any of the players trying out, or longer trial periods with the club.

“A lot of the selection situations will give me a headache but it’s a good problem to have,” Hart said.

The Wanderers training camp will continue at Soccer Nova Scotia this month, before the club join the other six CPL teams for preseason preparations in the Dominican Republic in April.

The team begin the new season on April 28 with an away match at Pacific before the home opener against Forge FC at the Wanderers Grounds on May 4.

You can follow the link below for the Wanderers schedule and link to season seats to make sure you’re a part of the first ever Canadian Premier League season.

2019 Club Schedule