Victoria’s Watson and Bhandal commit to SFU

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Ben Hodge

May 13, 2013, Burnaby, BC (ISN) – The Simon Fraser University men’s soccer program has added Brandon Watson and Tarnvir Bhandal, both from Victoria, BC.

Watson, a goalkeeper, transfers to the Clan from Coastal Carolina University of the Division I Big South Conference while Bhandal comes to the Clan from the Victoria Highlanders FC.

Like Bhandal, Watson played locally with the Victoria Highlanders and has also spent time with the BC provincial team.

“A a bad injury brought him back to Canada and now Brandon is nearing his peak level again,” said Head Coach Alan Koch. “I look forward to working with him through the end of his rehab and getting him back on the pitch as soon as possible. He is an outstanding talent and is the consummate student-athlete”

He will join the Clan as a freshman, as he redshirted at Coastal Carolina.

“I’m excited to be joining the SFU men’s soccer team,” said Watson. “I believe this season we have the coaches and players capable of bringing the NCAA Championship north of the border.”

Bhandal is a 5’10 midfielder, who will come to SFU after he graduates from St. Andrew’s Secondary School.

“Tarnvir is one of the best young players in our province. He has been very well coached by the Highlanders organization, and I am excited to see how quickly he adjusts to our level of play. He is an incredibly hard working and technical player who has an insatiable desire to win,” said Koch.

Prior to joining the Highlanders, Bhandal played youth soccer with the Lower Island Selects and started his playing career with the Lakehill Soccer Club.

“I am excited to join SFU this fall because they have a great program that I can learn in and grow to the best of my abilities as a student and as a player,” said Bhandal. “I want to compete at the highest level possible and SFU offers that. I believe that I can be a good addition to an already talented team.”

Watson and Bhandal will start their Clan careers when training camp opens atop Burnaby Mountain in August. More Clan signings will be announced in the coming days.