Former CPL MVP Tristan Borges returns to Forge FC on loan from Belgium

HAMILTON – Forge FC Canadian Premier League Player of the Year Tristan Borges returns.

HAMILTON – Forge FC Canadian Premier League Player of the Year Tristan Borges returns.

The CPL champion announced a loan deal with Belgian Oud-Heverlee Leuven on Friday, with the attacking midfielder returning to the Hamilton team for the 2021 Canadian Premier League season.

Hamilton sold Borges to the Belgian team in January 2020. At the time, CPL Commissioner David Clanachan called Borges’ move a “signpost transfer” for Forge and the league.

Borges made 33 appearances for Forge in all competitions in 2019 and became the CPL Golden Boot winner with 13 goals, while finishing first in the league with five assists. He was named Player of the Year and Under-21 Player of the Year after scoring the winning goal in the first leg of the CPL Finals in October at Tim Hortons Field against Calgary’s Cavalry FC.

Borges has represented Canada at the U17 and U20 levels and won his first international for Canada against Barbados in January 2020.

He played for SC Heerenveen’s U21 national team in the Netherlands from 2016-18 before returning home for the CPL’s inaugural season in 2019. With Portuguese bloodlines, he has a European passport that makes it easier to move abroad.

“We are very happy to welcome Tristan back to our club,” said Forge football director Costa Smyrniotis in a statement on Friday. “The cooperation with OH Leuven was very good here with the common, important goal of promoting the competitive development of Tristan in the coming year.”

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on March 5, 2021

The Canadian press

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