UNBC Timberwolves add talented striker

Michael Henman. UNBC photo
Michael Henman. UNBC photo

The University of Northern British Columbia’s Men’s soccer team continues to bolster its roster, officially announcing the commitment of Michael Henman for the 2018-2019 Canada West season.

A talented striker, Henman points to his longtime relationship with Timberwolves coach Steve Simonson, as well as a number of current TWolves, as influential in his decision to make the move to Prince George.

“UNBC has been on my radar for years now. Steve has been my coach since I was a kid and is a huge reason for the player and person I am today. He is undoubtedly the best coach I have ever played under, so going to UNBC was a no brainer. It’s an awesome group of people up there and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

A graduate of Reynolds Secondary in Victoria, Henman hopes his aggressive play and nose for the net will be an asset to UNBC for years to come.

“I like to use my speed and agility to my advantage. I love to make runs and make it difficult for the defenders and easy for my teammates to play me through. Hopefully with that will come a lot of goals.”

Henman made the trip to the UNBC campus in the spring, where he had the chance to practice with the Timberwolves, and tour the campus with Timberwolves captain Tofa Fakunle.

“My visit was a great experience. I had three training sessions with them and got to meet a lot of the guys. Tofa talked to me about the program and his high praise for it made me realize this was the right place for me. The campus was beautiful, and the training facility was awesome. I can’t wait to make use of it. The group of guys were so welcoming, I loved meeting and playing alongside them.”

Henman has also spent time with the Vancouver Island Wave, the Victoria Highlanders U21 team, Victoria Highlanders Division 1, and Lakehill U21. Coach Simonson says Henman’s passion for the game and style of play will be a major factor for the UNBC side.

“Michael is a passionate young man, who never gives anything less than his best. Combine that love for the game with his pace, his physicality, and his understanding of the game, and we are really excited to have him join our program.”

Henman will join his new teammates in August for training camp, as they look to qualify for a second consecutive Canada West playoff appearance.

“I watched quite a few of their games last season, and watched them earn a spot in playoffs. I was very happy for my friends up there and for the team as a whole. I am so excited to be a part of this program. More playoff appearances to come.”

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