Lewis, of Musselburgh, near Scotland’s Capital Edinburgh is currently starring for Cape Breton University in Nova Scotia having joined them from our Sporting Futures USA Program back in August 2017.
It’s been a success laden two years in Canada for the former Glasgow Rangers FC starlet after we convinced him to try his luck away from Scottish football.
He has racked up a clutch of honours for Cape Breton University including back to back AUS (Atlantic University Sports) Championships in addition to the U Sports Canada National Title in 2017, and is clearly reaping the rewards and recognition that is coming his way.
Lewis was one of the stand out performers at this years Canadian National Championship and he caught the eye of a number of top clubs there to run the rule over the players on display.
It would be the FC Valour Manager Rob Gale who would move quickest to secure his man and and he has since followed up his interest by selecting Lewis in the Canadian Premier League Draft.
Initially, Lewis will be signed to a professional development contract, which will allow him to complete his university studies with Cape Breton University, whilst at the same time allowing him to attend training camps and compete during the summer season with his new club. Upon completion of his University career, Lewis can then make the move permanent and go on to represent FC Valour in the Canadian Premier League on a full-time professional contract.
The CPL-U SPORTS Draft formally took place Monday, Nov. 12 following the conclusion of the 2018 U SPORTS Men’s Soccer Championship in Vancouver, with the Canadian Premier League’s founding clubs making 21 total selections over three rounds, picking players to receive an invite to their respective club’s preseason camp.
FC Valour are based in Winnipeg and will play their home matches in the magnificent Investors Group Field, home of the iconic Winnipeg Blue Bombers. It is already considered one of the finest football facilities in the country and established itself as one of Canada’s top soccer stadiums during the 2015 Women’s World Cup where the facility earned rave reviews for both functionality and atmosphere.
Sporting Futures David Binnie commented: “I was absolutely thrilled to hear news that Lewis was selected by FC Valour in the CPL Draft. It is fantastic recognition for Lewis and is fully deserved given his commitment to progressing his career oversea’s in Canada.”
“Lewis is a highly talented player, but his career was stalling back here in Scotland despite early success representing Scotland at youth international level along with an academy career at Glasgow Rangers FC. When I first met Lewis, I knew that he was very focused on his professional playing career and, having competed with and against some of the top players in Scotland and in Europe, I was very much aware that the prospect of playing as an amateur at university in Canada might not appeal as much. However, after a couple of meetings with Lewis and his family, I was convinced of his intentions to work hard off the field and his commitment to the project of developing his career in a new environment in Canada. Ultimately, my advice was that this would be a step forward in his career and I am glad that he took my advice and committed his future to Dean Morley at Cape Breton University in Nova Scotia.”
“In two years time, if Lewis continues to show the dedication that he has up to now, then he will graduate with a university degree from a top Canadian University with a clutch of honours and a million memories and then a step into a fantastic professional career in one of North America’s top up-and-coming leagues.”
It can be extremely tough for talented kids to pick themselves up after being let go by big clubs like Glasgow Rangers and others. It takes a level of maturity and a real get-up-and-go mindset to come through that and progress your career further. I feel Lewis is well on his way to making his ambitions a reality.”
“He, quite literally, hasn’t looked back and in many way’s his decision to get away from the Scottish football scene has been vindicated by the opportunity he now has to continue his career at professional level in the Canadian Premier League.”
“I am delighted for Lewis and remain confident that he will go on to have a fantastic professional career in the game.”
FC Valour Head Coach Rob Gale discusses his reasons for drafting Lewis:
The Canadian Premier League: