Ottawa Fury FC will have plenty of continuity in their midfield heading into the 2018 season with Jamar Dixon re-signing with his hometown club alongside defender Onua Obasi, the club announced Wednesday pending league and federation approval. Both players are set to return for a third season with Fury FC and have both played instrumental roles in for Ottawa - both on and off the field. Dixon's standout performance in 2017 landed him the club's Player of the Year Award.
"It’s great to have a product of Ottawa back again for 2018," said interim GM and Head Coach Julian de Guzman. "His passion and hard work will help the club achieve our goals for next season. He’s proven his ability to be a key figure for the team and we are honoured to continue to have Jamar as a part of our Fury Family."
The Ottawa native provided stability in the Fury FC midfield in the 2017 season, setting several career highs along the way. He was involved in 32 of the club’s 36 matches playing 1,879 minutes in the regular season. Dixon scored a pair of clutch goals for his hometown club and his passing accuracy of 80.4% ranked third-highest among the Fury FC regulars.
“I am delighted to be back, especially to be able to play in front of my family and friends, for this club means a lot to me,” said Dixon after committing to Fury FC for another season. “It’s something that I grew up wishing we had and now it’s here and I just want to take full advantage of it. It’s a blessing and tremendous accomplishment to be back here again.”
Dixon has been a strong presence off the pitch for Fury FC too, dedicating lots of his time to the community, helping to grow the sport of soccer in the city of Ottawa and inspire more stars like him in the future.
It was a career year from Onua Obasi in 2017 - featuring in 25 games, playing 1984 minutes, both career bests, and scored the first two goals of his professional career. His passing accuracy of 81% was second only to goalkeeper Callum Irving proving a key cog in Ottawa's attacking game.
"We are pleased that Ottawa will remain home for Onua," said de Guzman. "His flare and skill have been highly regarded by fans and this professional environment will continue to mold him. We look forward to having his experience around to help the team culture grow and also increase the quality of our day to day tasks."
This 6’4” defender, known for his quick feet, was able to produce a career season despite missing nine matches due to injury. He was a regular feature in the squad after his return from injury, starting in eight of the 11 matches once he was completely fit. The Englishman has shown that despite being a defender he has an eye for goal showing his predatory instinct with both goals coming from within the penalty area.
“Last season was not good enough. We didn’t achieve our goals and only found consistency in the last couple of months,” said Obasi. “We need to put things right next season for ourselves and for the fans who came out in record numbers once again.”
“I love Canada, the people and the vibe of Ottawa is unlike anywhere I’ve been before,” added Obasi. “The facilities are top-notch and next season we will be committed to playing football the right way so I strongly believe that staying here is the best decision for my individual game, our chances of winning a title and for my family.”
The 29-year-old has been a strong influence whenever he played, winning 42 of the 57 tackles that he has made. The left back has been a feisty customer, picking up four yellow cards.
Fury FC currently has the following ten players under contract for the 2018 season:
- Callum Irving (CDN)
- Eddie Edward (CDN)
- Onua Obasi (ENG)
- Jimmy Sanon (CDN)
- Sergio Manesio (ENG)
- Jamar Dixon (CDN)
- Carl Haworth (CDN)
- Steevan Dos Santos (CPV)
- Sito Seoane (USA/ESP)
- Azake Luboyera (UGA)
Season Tickets for the 2018 USL season are available now at OttawaFuryFC.com/2018-Season-Tickets, by calling 613.232.6767 X1 or in person at The Box Office at TD Place.