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Cavalry FC adds scoring punch to roster

Last Updated Apr 20, 2021 at 1:04 pm MDT

Forge FC's David Choiniere, left, celebrates a 2019 goal with teammate Anthony Novak, right. (Peter Power/The Canadian Press)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — A familiar face in the Canadian Premier League is heading to Calgary.

Forward Anthony Novak is joining Cavalry FC after spending two years with rival Forge FC.

“After speaking with coach Tommy [Wheeldon Jr.], I knew this was the right decision to make, not just for my football but also for my family,” Novak said in a release supplied by the club. “Between the two, it would have been very hard to say no to this kind of opportunity.

“Personally, I’m looking forward to getting out there, scoring goals, having a full season and contributing to the club. Also, I can definitely say my family is really excited for their new adventure in Calgary.”

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Novak was a key cog for Forge, scoring eight times in 2019, while he found the back of the net twice at last summer’s Island Games.

Earlier this year, the 27-year-old headed overseas for a stint with Clube Condeixa of the Campeonato de Portugal.

“Novak is an excellent addition to our squad,” Cavalry head coach and general manager Tommy Wheeldon Jr. offered. “He was always a handful for our centre-backs and a proven scorer of very important goals in the CPL and CONCACAF.

“He has the ability to link the play and combine or stretch the defensive line with runs in behind. Not only that, but he is also a fierce competitor with a great work rate that loves to compete.”

The signing is welcome news for the Cavalry after recently losing mainstay Elijah Adekugbe to a torn Achilles tendon.

Although there is no official word on the start of the 2021 Canadian Premier League campaign, Cavalry is back training, preparing for preseason.