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Posted on: Tuesday, January 13, 2009

By Travis Paterson - Victoria News

Published: January 07, 2009 3:00 PM

Updated: January 07, 2009 3:35 PM

Player number seven has been added to the inaugural Victoria Highlanders FC roster and he’s no stranger to Island soccer.

Defenceman Robbie Veenhoff, the B.C. 2008 Senior Player of the Year with Gorge FC has committed to the Highlanders. A five-time Vancouver Island Soccer League champion, Veenhoff is the reigning VISL MVP for two year’s straight.

Veenhoff joins fellow University of Victoria Vikes strikers and prolific scorers in Cole McFarlane and Patrick Gawrys as well as Vikes’ currenty keeper Dan Kilpatrick. Jordie Hughes, Paul VandenBoomen and Craig Robertson have also committed to the Highlanders in their first season.

The team plays in the Professional Development League under North America’s United Soccer League umbrella. Because of certain restrictions that relate to the PDL using amateur players from the National Collegiate Athletics Association, the Highlanders have opted to go the non-salaried route this season. By doing so the Highlanders are eligible to include high-level NCAA players during their spring and summer periods off from studies.

Other teams in the PDL, however, have elected to go the paying route.

Veenhoff’s signing is consistent with the recent change in rules for PDL teams regarding the age-limit of players on the pitch during a game at any given time. When Alex Campbell Jr. originally won the bid for the Highlanders franchsie there was a three-player limit on athletes aged 23-and-over, but the recent annual general meeting saw the rules amended, allowing all eight of the team’s eligble plus-23 year olds to play at any time.

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