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Forge FC signs veteran Canadian defender Ashtone Morgan to new contract

HAMILTON — Forge FC has signed veteran Canadian defender Ashtone Morgan to a new contract.
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Forge FC's Ashtone Morgan (3) moves away from Atletico Ottawa's Abdoul Sissoko (20) during first half Canadian Premier League finals soccer action in Ottawa on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. Forge FC has signed veteran Canadian defender Ashtone Morgan to a new contract. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

HAMILTON — Forge FC has signed veteran Canadian defender Ashtone Morgan to a new contract.

The 31-year-old fullback was a regular in Forge's backline last season when the Hamilton side dispatched Atletico Ottawa 2-0 to win the Canadian Premier League title.

Morgan, a veteran of Major League Soccer with both Toronto FC and Real Salt Lake, made 27 appearances for Forge in all competitions in 2022, including 23 in league play. He had one goal and two assists.

“We are very happy to have Ashtone re-sign with our club,” Costa Smyrniotis, Forge's director of football and business, said in a statement. “He brought such valuable experience to our team both on and off the field last season, and I have no doubt he will have a similar positive influence on the group going forward.”

Morgan was with TFC from 2010 to 19, helping the club to Canadian Championship wins in 2012, '16, '17 and '18 and the treble in 2017 when the club also won the Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup.

Morgan made 168 total appearances for Toronto before spending 2019 to '21 with Real Salt Lake.

The Toronto native has won 18 caps for Canada.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 23, 2023

The Canadian Press

Note to readers: Replaces photo. Original photo was not Ashtone Morgan.

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