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Canadian striker Pisanjuk asks Ferencvaros to set him free


Mississauga’s Igor Pisanjuk has asked Hungarian side Ferencvaros to set him free.

Pisanjuk, who signed with the Budapest club in 2007 as a teenager right out of the Erin Mills Soccer Club, could not get back into the first team over the past two seasons. Last season, he was loaned out to second-division side Szolnok, where he scored nine times in 13 games. At the start of the 2010-11 season, “Fradi” decided to loan him out again.

“I asked for my release from Ferencvaros, so, for now, I’m waiting on try outs.” Pisanjuk said via e-mail.

Pisanjuk was hopeful that his performances would convince Ferencvaros, which is owned by Sheffield United magnate Kevin McCabe and has a developmental arrangement with the English side, to bring him back into the club’s famous green and white stripes in January.

That didn’t happen.

Pisanjuk will turn 22 in October, and needs regular football if he is to claw his way into the pecking order for Canadian national team selection. Pisanjuk was one of 18 players selected by Canadian U-23 coach Tony Fonseca to take part in a November, 2010 identification camp, the first step to the squad that will be created to challenge for a spot in the 2012 London Olympics. The strikers has also appeared at the U-20 level for Canada.

He has stated that he would come home to Canada if the right offer came along.

Pisanjuk isn’t the only Canadian to come to a frustrating end to his time in Ferencvaros. In 2007-08, Wojtek Zarzycki had become Fradi’s No. 1 keeper, only to have the club not renew his contract in the 2008 off-season. Sheffield United had signed Trinidad and Tobago keeper Jan-Michael Williams; when the U.K. refused Williams’ attempt to get a work permit, he was sent to Hungary to get games in, pushing Zarzycki out of a job.

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