Pacific Football Club have signed German defender Hendrik Starostzik in the opening days of the club’s pre-season. The experienced centre back joins Pacific FC to command the backline for the inaugural 2019 Canadian Premier League (CPL) season.
Over the course of the past few months Pacific FC have been building an exciting team full of local talent going forward. The Island outfit has now signed a centre back to provide a foundation for the squad. Only the second international player on Pacific FC’s roster, a new country, continent and challenge awaits the German defender.
“This is the first time I’m playing outside of Germany,” explained Starostzik. “This is the first time that I am out of the EU outside of Europe. It’s a big adventure for me.”
The 27-year-old arrives on Vancouver Island entering his prime as a footballer following over 100 appearances through Germany’s professional circuit.
“I think it’s very exciting to play for a newly-founded club like Pacific FC,” stated Starostzik.“My goal is that I’ve always wanted to play one time in another country and I think that Canada is a beautiful country. Vancouver Island is a beautiful island.”
Starostzik played for German sides SC Paderborn, SC Wiedenbruck 2000, VfL Bochum 2, Stuttgarter Kickers, Dynamo Dresden and most recently Hallescher FC.
Despite playing throughout Germany, the defender will now face a new challenge far from his wife and daughter, who will visit during the summer months. Family aside, the towering German’s focus aimed at leaving his mark early on with his Vancouver Island outfit.
There are multiple challenges ahead for Starostzik, including the language barrier as he takes on unfamiliar surroundings. However, with heavy German background throughout Pacific FC’s front office and coaching staff, Starostzik is feeling more and more at home.
Pacific FC owner’s Josh Simpson and Rob Friend previously played professionally in Germany, learning the language in the meantime. Meanwhile, Pacific FC head Coach Michael Silberbauer speaks German as well, having played in Switzerland and born in nearby Denmark.
“I’m happy to be here,” said Starostzik. “Lukas [MacNaughton] speaks a little German, Josh Simpson, Rob Friend and the coach can also speak German, this is very helpful for me.
“It’s a big adventure and I’m really excited to play for the new CPL and for the new club Pacific FC.”
ABOUT PACIFIC FOOTBALL CLUB Founded in 2018, Pacific Football Club brings professional football to Vancouver Island. Playing out of a renovated, 6000-seat Westhills Stadium in Langford, the club will provide an outlet for Canadian soccer players to compete at the professional level of the sport on home soil. Fans will be able to enjoy the thrilling, fast-paced sporting atmosphere associated with the sport when the Canadian Premier League season kicks off in April 2019.
ABOUT THE CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE Canadian Premier League (CPL) is Canada’s professional men’s soccer league set to debut on April 27, 2019. Playing in world-class and unique venues, and partnering with strong community-led ownership groups, the CPL is a league for Canadians by Canadians that will bring professional soccer to communities coast-to-coast.
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