Ben Fisk, who wore the captain’s armband on several occasions for Pacific FC last season, announced he will not be returning to the Canadian Premier League club for the 2020 season.
The twice Canada-capped winger/midfielder was one of the most popular Pacific FC players and scored six goals in 24 appearances for the Island-based team. Right back at you, he said. Fisk had complimentary things to say about Island fans in announcing his departure Tuesday on social media.
“It was an absolute pleasure playing in front of such a passionate soccer community and getting to know so many amazing people, both on and off the pitch,” he tweeted.
“Although I won’t be returning for the 2020 season, I wish the club nothing but success moving forward and the Island will always have a special place in my heart.”
Fisk is thought to be headed to another CPL team but it is not known yet which one. The 27-year-old — who had seven caps each for the Canadian U-20 and U-23 national sides — played in 2016 and 2017 for FC Edmonton when it was in the defunct NASL. The Eddies are now in the CPL, but a source said Fisk is not headed back to the Alberta capital but to another team in the CPL, which was not disclosed.
The native of Vancouver came to PFC from Derry City of the Ireland Premier Division, where he made several UEFA Europa League appearances.
Pacific FC indicated the split was mutual and amicable.
“In pro sports, player talks sometimes break down,” said Pacific FC CEO and GM Rob Friend.
“In a league with a tight salary cap, we have to be strategic in who we sign. We were not able to fit Ben in, when there were other positions we have to strengthen. It was a decision the club had to make.”
But it was not an easy one.
“Ben is a fantastic person and professional and was a big part of our inaugural season,” said Friend.
“It’s a good move for Ben, while we are happy with the squad we are building for this season.”
The 2020 CPL season for PFC opens with three consecutive home games at Westhills Stadium on April 11 against the Eddies, April 17 against HFX Wanderers of Halifax and April 26 versus Valour FC of Winnipeg.