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By Théo Gauthier
On Wednesday, the Ottawa Fury announced the signing of Canadian international David Edgar
Edgar—not to be confused with sunglass-clad Dutchman Edgar Davids—has featured 42 times for Canada in a career that has seen him play at club-level with Huddersfield Town, Birmingham City, Newcastle United, Sheffield United and Burnley FC. In North America, the 31-year-old saw some time with the Vancouver Whitecaps and Nashville SC.
Edgar burst onto the English scene for the Geordies as a 19-year-old on New Year’s Day 2007 when he scored a stunning late equaliser against league-leaders Manchester United while with Newcastle United.
Edgar has been a reliable defender for Canada going back to his time with the U-17 program. The native of Kitchener, Ontario, also represented Les Rouges at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Canada, playing in all three of Canada’s group stage matches.
Although mainly a centre-back, Edgar can play at right-back and defensive midfield, which gives Fury Head Coach Nikola Popovic options heading into the most crucial period of the team’s USL season.
“He understands the situation Canada is in in terms of professional soccer and what we’re trying to do here for the city, for the country, and he supports it,” said Fury General Manager and former Canada teammate Julian de Guzman when explaining the reasons behind the signing. “That’s a huge bonus, and the game-changing reason why it makes sense to bring a guy like him, with his qualities – as a defender, as a player, as a leader.”
Edgar spoke with enthusiasm when discussing his decision to become the 18th Canadian on the Ottawa Fury roster: “What is being done here in Ottawa is something that’s been talked about in Canada and throughout North America now. What the club is trying to do with young Canadian talent is fantastic, it’s great for the country and for the club. I’m really happy to be part of it, happy to be playing football again.”
Edgar did not travel to the Music City for Friday night’s Fury match against his former club Nashville SC but could feature as early as Wednesday night when the men in black and red host the Richmond Kickers.