Goalie joining TRU soccer from United Kingdom

Oliver Juneau says university’s campus, location and facilities were a draw when choosing where to study, play

The Thompson Rivers University soccer team’s newest addition will be joining the WolfPack from across the pond.

Oliver Juneau, a goalkeeper from Lancashire, U.K., is the program’s latest signing.

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Juneau, who has a Canadian mother and holds dual citizenship, said he is excited to come to Kamloops.

“I first heard about TRU when I was doing research about university soccer in Canada,” he said. “As soon as I saw the facilities, campus and location I immediately highlighted it as a school that I would love to go to.”

TRU men’s soccer coach John Antulov said Juneau will be a welcome addition to the squad.

“We are pleased to have Ollie join our program,” he said.

“He will help solidify our group of GK for the coming years. He comes from a solid pedigree playing with Bunley FC and Morecambe FC with the academy and U23 groups. He has the all-around physical and technical abilities we are looking for in our GK.

Juneau’s coach with Morecambe said the young man will be suited well to play at the U Sports level.

“He has developed really well, both as a player and a person, always having a high will to push himself and succeed,” Neil Wainwright said.

“Ollie’s strengths are his agility and shot-stopping as a goalkeeper, although his best strength is his mentality — he is a hard worker who is always keen to learn, progress and improve himself.”

Juneau joins a recruiting class that includes South Kamloops secondary’s Denzel Marical, Adam Caine from St. Ann’s Academy, Edmonton’s Ryan Matowe and Jordan Pinto from Vancouver’s Killarney secondary.

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