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Canadian International Twardek Off to Poland

Former Canada 2020 Player of the Year makes deadline day move.

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Canadian international Kris Twardek (left) leaves Bohemians (Dublin) for the Ekstraklasa and Jagiellona Bialystock
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Not too much news on Europe’s transfer deadline day involving Canadians, but one player on the move is Kris Twardek, Canada’s u20 Player of the Year in 2017.

Twardek, born in Toronto and raised in Ottawa, was capped at youth level by the Czech Republic, the country of his father’s birth, later declaring for Canada for whom he played internationally at u20 and u23 levels. He won two Canadian senior caps in 2017.

He’s been playing in the League of Ireland firstly for Sligo Rovers before earning a move this season (the League of Ireland calendar mirrors that of MLS) to the famous, old, north Dublin club Bohemians, where he quickly became a fan-favourite.

Bohs are sitting in second place in the Championship behind Shamrock Rovers. Twardek a 6ft 1in right-winger, scored 1 goal and provided 3 assists in 15 league appearances (13 starts) in a shortened season interrupted by Covid-19.

Now he’s off to Poland’s Ekstraklasa to join Jagiellona Bialystock, a former club of Krzysztof Krol, the former Impact left-back. The fee was undisclosed, however it’s believed around €40,000 will change hands.

Jagiellona finshed 8th in Poland’s top division in 2019/20, but managed unprecedented runners-up spots in 2017 and 2018.

It’s believed they spotted Twardek during Bohemians’ UEFA Europa League qualifier against Fehervar in Hungary last month.