Miller wishes Boakai well, but promises FCE “won’t stop till we get” fees

Hanson Boakai

Hanson Boakai

FC Edmonton Coach Colin Miller wishes Hanson Boakai success as the former Eddie looks to move across the ocean. But he hinted that FCE will make sure that the club looks after its own interests when it comes to collecting fees for developing the teenager.

Boakai became the youngest-ever player to enter the field for an NASL game back in 2013, and has been a key part of Canada’s U-17 and U-20 sides. Now 19 and out of contract, he and his agent chose not to accept an offer from FCE. Boakai has been linked to a move to Croatian side Hajduk Split.

Boakai was with FCE’s first team from 2013-2015, scoring one NASL and playing a total of 651 minutes. But he’s likely best known to Canadian soccer followers for a series of wonderful performances against the Ottawa Fury and Montreal Impact in the 2014 Amway Canadian Championship.

Even though Boakai is a free agent, Miller made it clear that he believes FCE would be owed developmental fees by Hajduk Split because the player rose from the club’s academy ranks.

“Hanson was free to do what he did,” said Miller. “He was terrific for us. He’s decided to move on, the club had made a terrific offer for him to stay. He’s gone from us and we wish him well. He’s come through our academy and we’re after our fee and we won’t stop till we get it, simple as that.”

When pressed if there have been any issues in terms of getting Hajduk Split to agree to pay the fees, Miller declined to comment further on the matter.

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About Steven Sandor

I'm currently the colour commentator for FC Edmonton broadcasts on Sportsnet, NASL.com and TEAM 1260. I've covered the Toronto FC beat for four years, worked for the Edmonton Aviators of the USL for a season, covered the Edmonton Drillers of the NPSL and started covering Canadian World Cup qualifiers in 1996. I've covered the CONCACAF Champions League and the U-20 World Cup. I'm passionate about soccer in North America.