Pacific FC signs former Atlético Ottawa fullback Kunle Dada-Luke

Pacific FC has signed Canadian and former Atlético Ottawa fullback Kunle Dada-Luke for the 2021 Canadian Premier League.

A former Toronto FC product, Dada-Luke earned a spot on Ottawa’s inaugural roster after a closed-door tryout last spring after moving from Danish second-tier club FC Helsingør.

Dada-Luke, 21, did not make an appearance for Atlético at The Island Games in PEI, but can play as a winger and as a right fullback.

“Dada is a player with great potential and the physical attributes to play a modern game,” Pacific coach Pa-Modou Kah said in a media release. “I’m looking forward to him joining us and continuing his development.”

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Known for his speed and ball control, the Mississauga, Ont., native earned two appearances for Canada’s under-17 side, both coming in 2017. He also scored six goals in 25 appearances for TFC’s League1 Ontario side before graduating to TFC II in USL by 2018.

Dada-Luke is Pacific’s 20th player confirmed for the 2021 CPL season, joining fellow newcomers Matteo Polisi and Manuel Aparicio on Vancouver Island.