OTTAWA – Ottawa Fury FC announced on Thursday that its longest-serving player, Carl Haworth, would return to the club for the 2019 season. Joining the Canadian international in returning to the club will be midfielders Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé and Chris Mannella as the club continues to emphasize its Canadian identity, true to General Manager Julian de Guzman’s vision. The signings are pending league and federation approval.
“It was important to us to have players that had a positive impact in 2018 back with the club this season to continue building on the culture we have established,” commented Ottawa Fury FC General Manager Julian de Guzman. "We're pleased that these Canadian players will sustain and grow our Fury FC identity and be proud representatives of our club throughout the city, the country and the league."
Haworth, a fan-favorite and the club’s 2018 captain, has been with Fury FC since it competed in USL League Two at the start of the decade and signed his first professional contract with the club in 2013, becoming Fury FC’s first Canadian signing. Having surpassed 115 games with Ottawa in league play, Haworth notably scored the club’s first goal at TD Place in August of 2014. In 2018, the Barrie, Ontario, native continued to establish himself as a leader on and off the pitch, making 30 appearances while recording three goals and three assists as he recorded 30 key passes during the campaign.
Gagnon-Laparé returned to Ottawa midway through the 2018 season after spending the previous season in France’s Championnat National 2 with AS Vitré. Gagnon-Laparé proved to be a versatile addition to the Fury FC formation, featuring in 12 matches across all competitions for Ottawa, sliding into four different positions before establishing himself in a central midfield role where his speed and agility offered valuable support to the attacking core. Gagnon-Laparé recorded four key passes in just over 1,100 minutes of action while posting passing accuracy rate of more than 78 percent.
Mannella earned himself a spot with next season’s team after seeing his contract option picked up for the 2019 campaign. A product of the Toronto FC Academy, which he joined in 2009, Mannella had gained experience in League1 Ontario and the USL before joining Fury FC. In 2018, he featured in 32 matches across all competitions, showcasing his control and distribution skills in the midfield, finishing in the club’s top five in passing as he recorded 815 completed passes with an accuracy rate of 77.1 percent.
The three Canadian internationals will join teammates Jamar Dixon, Nana Attakora, Maxim Tissot, Onua Obasi and Kevin Oliveira in red and black for 2019, with more signings expected in the months to come, ahead of the training camp opening in January.