April 19, 2018 / 5:48 PM / 7 months ago

Vancouver signs Colyn, 16, to homegrown deal

The Vancouver Whitecaps announced the signing of 16-year old attacking midfielder Simon Colyn to a homegrown contract Thursday.

Colyn’s multi-year deal includes options through 2022 and makes him the 15th-youngest player in league history to sign an MLS contract.

Colyn is a product of Vancouver’s youth residency program.

“It’s great to have another local boy come through the system,” said Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson in a club release. “Simon has done very well with the Residency program and showed no fear when he came into the first-team group in preseason. His work ethic and temperament are spot on and I see something in him that I don’t see in many young players. Simon has earned this opportunity, but this is the first step on the ladder. The hard work starts now.”

Colyn, a native of Langley, British Columbia, has scored 13 goals in 21 appearances for the Whitecaps FC Residency U-17 and U-19 teams this year. He’s previously played for Langley United YSA and Surrey United SC.

“I want to thank all the Whitecaps staff, my coaches at Surrey United and Langley United, and of course my family for helping me get to this point,” Colyn said. “This means a lot to me. I grew up watching the Whitecaps and now I’ve made my steps up the ladder with Residency. I know this is only the beginning and I’m very excited to get going and prove myself to the coaches.”

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