Following the conclusion of the Canadian Premier League season and the appointment of head coach Patrice Gheisar, the Halifax Wanderers have announced the end-of-season status for the 2022 roster.
Halifax has exercised club options for 2023 on forwards Samuel Salter and Wesley Timoteo, midfielders Andre Rampersad and Aidan Daniels, and defenders Zachary Fernandez, Mohamed Omar and Jake Ruby. The Wanderers are retaining the U SPORTS rights of defender Kareem Sow.
The club is in continued discussions with forward Ryan Robinson and defender Gabriel Escobar, whose options expire Dec. 31.
João Morelli, Fumpa Mwandwe, Cristian Campagna, and Ludwig Kodzo Amla have guaranteed contracts for 2023. Campagna is currently training with German club FSV Zwickau after spending time with FC Nürnberg in November.
“As we are taking the next steps to establish a clear identity, this group of returning players possesses the right attributes for that ideology,” Wanderers Head Coach Patrice Gheisar said. “Now we look to add pieces to this core, and I believe the right additions will make us a very competitive team.”
The Wanderers have declined the contract options for goalkeepers Christian Oxner and Kieran Baskett – defenders Peter Schaale, Obeng Tabi, and Eriks Santos – midfielder Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé – and forwards Alex Marshall and Mour Samb. Defender Colin Gander will re-enter the CPL–U SPORTS Draft.
Additionally, contracts for Pierre Lamothe, Marcello Polisi and Cory Bent expired at the end of the 2022 season, and those players will not be returning to the club.
The new Wanderers coaching staff is also evaluating future opportunities for 2022 development players Nicolas Gagan, Nassim Nouajaa and Owen Degelman. Gagan and Nouajaa are not eligible for a developmental contract in 2023, as they will no longer be U18 players.
“As we said to each player directly, we want to thank the departing Wanderers for their contribution to the club, particularly those like Christian and Peter, who have served the club and city so admirably since our first season,” Wanderers sporting director Matt Fegan said.
“As we begin this new chapter in the club’s history, it’s important to structure the squad in a manner that suits the style of play Patrice and his staff will be implementing. We’ve worked diligently to evaluate, retain and add players who complement the various positional needs to have the necessary quality across the pitch as well as meeting the CPL squad composition rules.”
With 11 players currently under contract for 2023, the Wanderers will soon announce the first of several new signings.
Defenders: Cristian Campagna, Mohamed Omar, Jake Ruby, Zachary Fernandez
Midfielders: Andre Rampersad, Aidan Daniels
Forwards: João Morelli, Fumpa Mwandwe, Ludwig Kodzo Amla, Samuel Salter, Wesley Timoteo