Ethan Furlong's tour of the Interior will continue this fall in Kamloops.
The 17-year-old Mount Boucherie Secondary student has committed to Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack for the 2019 Canada West soccer season, the school announced.
Furlong was born and raised in Prince George, but billets in West Kelowna to play club soccer for Thompson-Okangan Football Club's under-18 team.
The six-foot center back is expected at TRU training camp in August.
“The reason I chose TRU is because it is the perfect fit for me,” says Furlong, “I have a place to stay at my grandparents and I am not too far from home. There are a lot of good defenders on the team and coach John Antulov is very familiar with my position, which will help me in my development. As well, the team is very strong and the school has the right academic program for me.”
Furlong will be taking courses aimed at achieving a Bachelor of Science degree.
Furlong was the co-captain and captain of his high school squad the past two seasons, winning the regional triple-A division going undefeated. Boucherie then lost in the Okanagan Valley finals.
Furlong knows he will have to step up his game in order to compete at the USports level.
“I know the pace of play is very different than what I am used to. It will require a lot of hard work and experience to get used to playing at a higher level.”
The transition to the WolfPack for Furlong will be made easier because two of his long time teammates with TOFC—Denzel Marican and Adam Calne—also committed to Thompson Rivers.
“He is a player that I have been actively watching and recruiting for over the last year and a half," Antulov said of Furlong. "He has been playing in a solid team with an excellent coach and has really developed his game. He is a solid, no nonsense center back that I believe can really develop into a very good player for our program and USports.”