Highlanders welcome Hundal for 2014 PDL campaign

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by James Nielsen, Highlanders Communications

March 31, 2014, VICTORIA (ISN) – Victoria Highlanders FC are proud to announce the signing of All-Star midfielder Cam Hundal (Terrace, B.C.) for the 2014 Premier Development League season. Hundal recently completed his third year of eligibility with the University of Victoria Vikes, finishing in a tie as the teams leading goal scorer.

Hundal has been named a Canada West All-Star in each of his first three collegiate years and was named Canada West Rookie of the Year in 2011. Following UVic’s CIS national championship win in 2011, he was named both a CIS Tournament MVP and CIS Tournament All-Star. In his most recent campaign, the Terrace native posted 13 points (11 goals, 2 assists) in 14 regular season games.

“Obviously since the Vikes won nationals in 2011 Cam has been a popular figure in this town and we know his talent and that he’s a good quality player,” said Highlanders head coach Steve Simonson. “He’s caused us grief as a Whitecap. He can run, dribble, set-up and score goals. He’s a player I’ve had my eye on for a couple of years.”

Hundal joins the Highlanders after several years as a member of the Vancouver Whitecaps prospect and U-23 programs. During the 2013 PDL season, he posted four goals and four assists in 14 games.

“I love to embrace new challenges,” explained Hundal. “I believe it is an essential part of growing as a player. Changing the environment I play in will enable me to learn, improve and hopefully open up some new doors in the future. The Highlanders are a great organization, and they proved it last year. I think one of the reasons this team is so successful is because all members of the organization have the same intended goal – to win a PDL Championship.”

Hundal joins seven teammates from his university squad that include Craig Gorman, Andrew Ravenhill and Gavin Barrett. He also pairs up with teammate Cameron Stokes who, along with Hundal led the Vikes in goals scored in 2013 with 11.

“Playing with UVic over the past few years has enabled me to become familiar with the players, staff, fans, and city so the transition won’t be difficult,” said Hundal. “It’s always fun to play with players that you know so well, but it’s also very beneficial as we know each other’s tendencies. It helps to build chemistry within the team, which is extremely useful in a league where the season is so short.”

Hundal and the Highlanders kick-off their 2014 PDL campaign, May 4 at Royal Athletic Park.

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