Halifax, NS – (February 22, 2023) – The Halifax Wanderers have signed Canadian U-21 midfielder Armaan Wilson to a contract through the 2023 CPL season with a club option for 2024.
Wilson, 20, joins the Wanderers after playing a critical role in the midfield of NCAA Division 1 school Providence College, making 44 appearances over three seasons.
“Armaan is a player we’ve known for a long time that possesses all the qualities to fit our playing style; he’s aggressive, brave, technical and has great speed of play,” Wanderers head coach Patrice Gheisar said. “He’s evolved physically, growing more into his body, and his maturity for his age shows that he is ready to take this next big step.”
An imposing presence in the centre of midfield at six-foot-three, Wilson started all 16 matches he played in for Providence in 2022, scoring once and contributing four assists. His goal came against Creighton, where Wilson lined up against his new Halifax teammate Callum Watson.
Wilson’s first career NCAA goal came during the 2021 NCAA Tournament, as he helped Providence advance to the Sweet 16.
“This has been a dream since I was a kid, and I’m so happy that I can start my pro career with the Halifax Wanderers,” Wilson said. “I think I can contribute anywhere in the midfield wherever the coach needs me, and wherever I am, I will work as hard as I can on and off the field for the badge on my chest.”
From Kleinburg, Ontario, Wilson spent most of his early years with Woodbridge SC, winning multiple trophies at the youth level. He also played for Woodbridge’s League1 Ontario side during the summer of 2022.
Along with Tomas Giraldo and Tiago Coimbra, Wilson gives the Wanderers three domestic U-21s under contract for 2023. CPL teams must have three U-21 players under contract that contribute to a minimum of 2000 game minutes throughout the season. Halifax’s U-21s combined to play 3,873 minutes in 2022.