Ahead of their second home contest in the 2017 season, Indy Eleven adds one more name to the roster in midfielder Adrian Ables. Per club policy, terms of the contract will not be disclosed.
A native of Midwest City, Oklahoma, Ables spent all four years at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., and tallied 18 goals and 17 assists in 75 total appearances. In his final year with the Tigers, the midfielder started 18 of 19 contests and featured on the All-NCAC Second Team.
To begin his professional career, Ables returned to his home state to sign with Rayo OKC, making one appearance across last year's 32-game slate. Indy Eleven head coach Tim Hankinson welcomed Ables as a trialist in early April. After a successful spell with the Boys in Blue, Hankinson made the decision to offer him his second professional deal.
"We started the season with a much smaller squad than is normal due to injuries, so adding an additional player for the day-to-day will be a big benefit," Hankinson said. "Adrian brings a great deal of pace and his ability to breakaway is a real plus. He gives us an option when we don't have as many bodies available and fits the mold for what we were looking for."
Touching on the chance to sign with "Indiana's Team" and continue his professional career, Ables was ecstatic.
"It's fantastic," he said. "I have trained and played with the team before and so now to be on the roster and have a chance to step on the field is awesome. It's a blessing to wear that emblem on my chest."
In addition to his playing career, Ables will begin his path down the coaching trail at his alma mater after accepting an offer to join head coach Brad Hauter's staff.
"Taking on the role with DePauw and Coach Hauter being there is special for me," Ables said. "I grew up there and wanted to impact the school and give back what they gave to me. That, plus the opportunity to give back to the Indiana community, aligns with my goals as a player. I want to impact the team and be successful, but I also want to impact the community and help others. It's how I got to where I am today."