Jonathan Sirois & Sean Rea return to Valour on loan from CF Montreal

Valour FC revealed a pair of major returning players for their squad today, with their announcement that goalkeeper Jonathan Sirois and winger Sean Rea will be back with the club in 2022, once again on loan from Major League Soccer outfit CF Montréal.

Sirois, a 20-year-old shot-stopper hailing from LaSalle, Québec, played for the Winnipeg-based CPL club in 2021 on loan from Montréal, to rousing success. He played 24 games for Valour in his first professional season, leading the entire CPL in both saves (94) and clean sheets (9).

At the CPL Awards in December, Sirois was named the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year for 2021, earning a great deal of praise for his performances during the season with Valour.

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Prior to coming to the CPL, Sirois spent the majority of his youth career in the CF Montréal academy, which he joined after a stint with local side CS St-Hubert.

“It was important for us to get Jonathan back,” said Valour coach Phillip Dos Santos. “It’s a position where you need stability, and we feel we have that with Jo and Rayane (Yesli). He’s a good piece in the locker room and brings leadership and experience in the league.”

Rea, meanwhile, is a 19-year-old Montreal native who impressed as an attacking player for Valour in 2021. He made 25 total appearances for the club, scoring two goals and providing four assists.

“It’s another good player who brings offensive solutions to the lineup,” said Dos Santos. “We want this team to have options and depth, and Sean provides that. He has the right mentality, coming in with another MLS preseason under his belt, and he’s willing to fight for his space on the team.”

Like Sirois, 2021 was Rea’s first professional season, and he has thus returned on loan from the MLS side with which he’s spent most of his youth career to earn some more minutes at the pro level. He has also represented Canada at several youth international levels, suiting up at the Concacaf U-15 Championship in 2017 and then at the Concacaf U-17 Championship in 2019.

“Following the positive experiences of our players on loan in 2021, we opted to do so again this season,” said CF Montréal Sporting Director Olivier Renard in a statement. “These loans allow them to log crucial minutes at a competitive level that is beneficial to their development. Although they will be pursuing their development externally, they will gain experience and we will continue to closely monitor their progress.”

Sirois is the second goalkeeper signed to Valour’s squad for 2022, joining Rayane Yesli. The club has announced 20 players so far for the upcoming season, which they will kick off on Sunday, April 10 at Clarke Stadium against FC Edmonton.