by James Nielsen, Highlanders FC Communications
March 19, 2014, VICTORIA (ISN) – The Victoria Highlanders are pleased to announce the return of captain Tyler Hughes (Victoria) and the signing of Hughes’ Cowichan FC teammate Kevan Brown (Saltspring Island) for the 2013 Premier Development League season. The duo currently play Division 1 in the VISL.
Hughes captained the Victoria club to the PDL Championships in 2013, where they finished in fourth-place overall after capturing the Western Conference title for the first time in club history. The six-foot-one, 33-year-old Victoria native returns to the Highlanders holding the second highest record for most games played for the club (50).
“I decided to rejoin the Highlanders because we had such a great run last year,” explained Hughes. “I really want to win a championship for the club, fans and the city. We were so close last year and I want to be a part of the club’s first PDL championship”
Hughes’ brings a wealth of experience to the Highlanders, having spent several years abroad with Osters IF of Sweden (2005-08), as well as the Wilmington Hammerheads (2002). Hughes has represented Canada on both the junior and senior stage and was a four-time All-Conference and two-time All-South selection as a member of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (1998-01).
“The goal this year is to win a championship, plain and simple,” stated Hughes. “Individually, I want to be able to provide leadership to the younger guys.”
A product of Victoria’s local soccer community whose career began with the Gorge Soccer Association, Hughes’ addition to the Highlanders will provide the club’s collegiate-level players such as Brown with valuable guidance as they develop their own soccer careers under head coach Steve Simonson this summer.
Brown, named 2013 CCAA PACWEST Rookie of the Year during a one-year stint with the VIU Mariners, is a former Highlanders U-18 prospect. The 20-year-old played four games for the Highlanders’ first team in 2012 before sitting out the remainder of the season due to a concussion.
“At the beginning of last season I had a lot on my plate and had to make the hard decision to not play,” said Brown. “I regretted that decision all summer. I would like the team to repeat last season’s success and be a part of that.”
Hughes and Brown wrap up their current VISL season Mar. 30 against Saanich Fusion in the Jackson Cup finals at Royal Athletic Park. For more information, please visit www.victoriahighlandersfc.com