April 30, 2013, Victoira, BC (ISN) – The Highlanders are proud to announce the signing of 31 year old Scottish forward Blair Sturrock. Sturrock, who last played in England, has built an impressive soccer resume throughout the course of his career and will now bring that knowledge to the Highlanders organization.
“Blair brings a tremendous amount of professional experience into our team,” said Head Coach Steve Simonson, “We believe he’ll be a player who can add goals to our team and, equally important, he will be able to bring his experiences to our younger players which, I believe, is so important for their growth. Blair has an absolutely fantastic character. A true professional who also brings a very out-going and fun personality, which will be important in the dressing room.”
Beginning as a trainee for Dundee United [ Scottish Premier League] at 17 years old he was then loaned to Brechin City where he racked up 6 goals in 27 appearances. Sturrock’s then signed with Plymouth Argyle and over the course of three years, and 63 appearances, was able to help Plymouth to Division 1 after becoming the 2001-02 Division 3 Champions and then the 2002-03 Division 2 Champions.
In subsequent seasons, Sturrock played for Rochdale, Swindon Town and Southend United to name a few. Sturrock now brings his impressive resume and wealth of experience to Vancouver Island and will be able to help the younger members of the Highlanders learn and grow as players while contributing on the field as well. Aside from playing in the PDL, Blair will take become a coach in the Highlanders Spring Development Program for members of the U-17 and U-15 squads; sharing his knowledge and love of the game with up and coming players.
“I’m excited to be here in Victoria, I’ve been here before and fell in love with the city.” commented Sturrock, “I’ve got a bit of experience and can come in and teach a few things I’ve learned throughout my career. It was a good fit, I’ve known Steve [Simonson] and Dave [Dew] since I was much youngerI’m excited to get on the coaching side and help some young Canadians grow. I’ve got a bit of experience and can come in and teach a few things I’ve learned throughout my career. I look forward to playing for the Highlanders and helping the young guys on the team improve as well as coaching the younger squads.”
Blair debuts with the Highlanders this Saturday, May 4th, for the home opener at Royal Athletic Park. The Highlanders are hoping to kick-off the season in strong fashion with a win over rivals the Kitsap Pumas.