The NASL's Ottawa Fury FC announced the signing of goalkeeper Devala Gorrick pending international transfer. Gorrick, who played three seasons in the Thai Premier League, joins the first-year NASL club after spending 2013 with Swedish First Division club IK Frej. Gorrick was also a trialist at training camp over the last two weeks.
“I'm very thrilled and honored to be a part of the inaugural year for Fury FC. The club has big plans and I look forward to helping the club achieve its greatest potential,” said Devala Gorrick. “We have a great group of talented players and with Marc as the coach and the quality staff around him I predict an exciting and high quality year of football from Fury FC.”
Devala Gorrick, 26, is a 6’3 goalkeeper that has played in the United States, Puerto Rico, Thailand and most recently in Sweden. His career travels has also led to coaching from high profile keepers including former Swedish International Magnus Hedman and former Tottenham Hotspur and England International Ian Walker. Over the past three seasons the former Thai Premier League All-Star has featured in over 100 matches between Air Force United FC (Thailand) and IK Frej.
“Devala is a goalkeeper who spent the last few years outside North America. He wants to succeed in this market and we believe he will bring some experience to our young goalkeepers,” said Fury FC Head Coach Marc Dos Santos. “We are very confident with the three names that will defend our goal.”
Born in Moundesville, WV, Gorrick was raised in Gainesville, FL where he launched his career with Ajax Orlando Prospects an affiliate of Dutch soccer giants Ajax. In 2002, the 15 year-old Gorrick would travel to Germany spending three months training with the Academy of Bayern Leverkusen. He would again return to Europe at age 16, this time with the Academy of Austria Wien for a two month period. Gorrick began his professional career is USL PRO with Miami FC in 2008 before suiting up for Bayamon FC in Puerto Rico the next season. In 2010, he would make the leap to the Thai Premier League with Pattaya United.
Now into their third week of training camp at the Complexe Branchaud-Brière in Gatineau, the updated Fury FC roster is as follows:
Goalkeepers (3): Marcel DeBellis, Chad Bush, Devala Gorrick
Defenders (6): Ramon Soria, Omar Jarun, Andrés Fresenga, Maykon Araujo, Drew Beckie, Mason Trafford
Midfielders (6): Nicki Paterson, Richie Ryan, Mauro Eustaquio, Hamza Elias, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Philippe Davies
Forwards (5): Oliver Minatel, Carl Haworth, Tom Heinemann, Pierre-Rudolph Mayard, Vini Dantas
Trialists (2): Adrian LeRoy (D), Kenny Caceros (M)
Academy Players (3): Nicholas Jeffs (GK), Mitchell O’Brien (M), Thierry Foucher Lemay (F)