Forge FC signs former standout attacker Emery Welshman

Forge FC announced Tuesday the signing of domestic forward Emery Welshman for the 2021 season, who returns to Hamilton after being part of the club’s inaugural season. Welshman made 13 appearances in the Canadian Premier League for Forge in 2019, recording four goals and two assists overall during his loan spell with the club from Major League Soccer’s FC Cincinnati.

Welshman most recently spent parts of three seasons (2019-21) in the Israeli first and second divisions. The 29-year-old suited up with Hapoel Raanana in the Liga Leumit during the 2020-21 seasons, making 16 appearances and recording six goals with two assists in all competitions. He also made 25 appearances for Ihud Bnei Sakhnin of the Ligat ha’Al tallying three goals and one assist in 2019-20, and also played with Hapoel Haifa of the Ligat ha’Al making eight appearances in 2019. Internationally, Welshman has 19 caps for Guyana from 2015 to 2021, recording 10 goals and three assists.

“We are very happy to welcome Emery back to Forge” said Forge FC Director of Football, Costa Smyrniotis in a media release. “He returns to Hamilton with quality experiences gained internationally, which will prove to be a valuable addition to our squad both on and off the field.”

The former MLS SuperDraft pick of Toronto FC made 31 appearances for FC Cincinnati in USL in 2018. Welshman, who can play across an attacking three, plays internationally for Guyana and has scored 10 goals in 22 appearances.