Morey Doner isn’t going anywhere.
York9 FC announced Thursday it has come to terms with Doner on a contract extension in a move that will keep the 26-year-old fullback at York Lions Stadium until the end of 2021 Canadian Premier League season.
A native of Collingwood, Ont., Doner made 25 appearances for York9 in their inaugural CPL campaign in 2019, forming a formidable fullback combination with Diyaeddine Abzi.
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“To commit my future here was something I always wanted to do from the moment I first stepped out on the field last season,” Doner said.
“This has become my home and to play for this club, and to represent the region, in front of my family means so much so this new deal is everything to me.”
Doner came to York9 after captaining head coach Jimmy Brennan’s former side Aurora United in League1 Ontario, playing every minute of competitive action for the team in 2018 en route to earning all-star honours.
Brennan brought the small-town Doner to the CPL last February, completing a whirlwind path from the Canadian soccer wilderness for the sturdy fullback.
“It’s a dream come true for me to sign a new deal with the club that gave me my first professional contract. All those trips from Collingwood to Aurora to try and impress the gaffer back in 2016 seem so even more worth it now,” Doner offered.
York9 FC managing consultant Angus McNab added more such deals could be in the works.
“I hope this is the first of many contract extensions we sign with Morey as he’s a great local success story with his progression from League1 Ontario to the CPL. He is a real role model and an active part of our work in the community,” McNab said.