Nik Ledgerwood felt the time was right to come back home.
If he extended his career in Germany by a few more seasons, he’d be well into his 30s. But, right now, at 30 years of age, he can come to a young team and be both a role model and provide many quality minutes on the pitch.
On Tuesday, FC Edmonton announced that the Lethbridge, Alta.-born midfielder/defender and national team mainstay had inked a deal with the club.
For the better part of the last 14 years, Ledgerwood has played his club football in Germany, most recently with Energie Cottbus. But he really pined to be closer to his family in Alberta — and he’d heard nothing but good things about the NASL from both FCE coach Colin Miller, who spent time as the interim coach of the national side, and national-team midfielder Julian de Guzman, who played for Ottawa last season and will play there again in 2016.
“I think there were a lot of things that came together quite well,” said Ledgerwood over the phone from Lethbridge, where he’s spending time at home and training for the upcoming season. “I’m a family guy. Family is very important to me.”
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