Vancouver Whitecaps Sign Canada International Midfielder Junior Hoilett

Junior Hoilett with Reading in April 2023
Junior Hoilett with Reading in April 2023. Photo by Michael Zemanek/Shutterstock (13890304bw)

Vancouver Whitecaps received a significant roster boost this week as they look to continue their climb on the Western Conference standings. The team announced the signing of Canada international midfielder Junior Hoilett, who joins as a free agent.

Hoilett signed a deal that runs through the 2023 MLS season, according to Whitecaps’ official press release.

Hoilett last played with the English club Reading during the 2022-23 season, making 35 appearances and scoring one goal. The club was relegated from the Championship at the end of the campaign, after which the 33-year-old opted to leave despite being offered a new contract.

Whitecaps will benefit from Hoilett’s experience as well as his familiarity with the rest of the team. The club already has several other members of Canada’s national team on its roster, including midfielders Ali Ahmed and Russell Teibert and backs Richie Laryea and Sam Adekugbe.

“Junior brings a wealth of experience and leadership to our group,” Whitecaps FC sporting director Axel Schuster said in a statement announcing the move. “He has played a key role with Canada’s men’s national team over the years, having most recently helped Canada finish at the top of Concacaf qualifying for the World Cup and was the captain at the Gold Cup. We are very pleased to welcome Junior and his family to the club.”

Junior Hoilett spent the majority of his professional career in England, playing with Blackburn Rovers, Queens Park Rangers, and Cardiff City. He made 59 appearances on international level with Canada and has 15 goals to his name.