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Republic FC inks defender Johnny Fenwick

By Staff, 02/09/23, 2:00PM EST


Newcastle native heads west after spending past two seasons at Championship’s FC Tulsa

Sacramento Republic FC has signed center back Johnny Fenwick, who has spent the past two seasons with FC Tulsa after stints with San Antonio FC and Las Vegas Lights FC in the prior two years. | Photo courtesy FC Tulsa

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC announced on Thursday the club had signed defender Johnny Fenwick for the 2023 USL Championship season. The Newcastle, England native will be added to the club’s roster, pending league and federation approval. Per club policy, the terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“Johnny brings USL Championship experience and leadership to our backline,” said Republic FC President and General Manager Todd Dunivant. “His qualities in the locker room and as a teammate are what stand out most about him, and we think he will be a great fit for our group.”

Fenwick comes to Sacramento after a strong 2022 USL Championship campaign with Eastern Conference club FC Tulsa. In his second season with the Oklahoma club, he set new career highs in appearances (31) and minutes (1,982), while ranking second on his squad in clearances (95). He helped the Eastern Conference side to the USL Championship Playoffs in 2021 after joining the club midway through the season, starting each of the club’s final six matches of the year.

Prior to joining Tulsa, he made his professional debut in 2019 with San Antonio FC, and featured for Las Vegas Lights FC in the abbreviated 2020 season, where he appeared in every match and wore the captain’s armband three times.

Fenwick had previously played his youth career in the academy systems of Premier League side Newcastle United FC, and EFL League One side Sheffield Wednesday. He moved to the U.S. to join the Men’s soccer program at High Point University in 2015, where his 78 appearances upon graduation ranked fourth in the program’s Division I history. With the Panthers, he helped his squad to four consecutive Big South tournament appearances, as well as the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance his senior season. Fenwick was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-America Second Team and was voted the Big South Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Conference in 2018, having also earned All-Big South First Team honors in 2016 and 2017.

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