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(Posted 3 p.m., Aug. 14)
Orléans native making an impact after signing with Ottawa Fury
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Former Gloucester Hornet Jamar Dixon is thrilled to be playing professional soccer in his hometown after spaneding the past three years in Sweden and Finland. File photo

When Orléans native and former Gloucester Hornet Jamar Dixon left Ottawa in pursuit of a professional soccer career in in 2009, there were very few options open to domestic born players. The North American Soccer League had not yet been formed and a professional soccer team in the nation's capital was but a pipe dream.

It wasn't until the Ottawa Fury took to the field in 2014 after Ottawa was awarded an NASL franchise in 2011, that the now 27-year-old started thinking that a return to his hometown may be a possibility. In the meantime, he spent four years living a bi-costal existence between St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia and the Victoria Highlanders in B.C., before signing his first professional contract with a fourth division club in Sweden in 2013.

In 2014, he signed with a second division team in Finland, and a year later transferred to the first division club FF Jarro where he has spent the last two seasons.

The Ottawa Fury has apparently had their eye on Dixon and several other Ottawa born players for quite awhile, but it wasn't until he made his debut with the national team in February, that they actively began to try and acquire his playing rights. Those efforts resulted in his signing with the team on July 20.

"(It) has always been a dream to play for a professional team in my city and I’m excited to get started,” Dixon said at the time.

No one was more excited about his signing with the Fury than his mother and former Hornets coach Jacquie Dixon.

"It's great having him here and watching him play in person rather than watching the games streamed on a computer screen. It's also nice to see his friends come out to see his games including some of the guys he used to play with when he was 12 and 13 years old with the Hornets."

Dixon has played in four games so far for the Fury, including Saturday's rain-soaked loss to the Jacksonville Armada where he was substituted on in the 76th minute. A defender by trade, Dixon can play either in the middle or on the outside. His passing accuracy is over 78 per cent and he's won all nine of the nine tackles he's attempted so far.

As for playing in his hometown in front of his friends and family, Dixon couldn't be more thrilled.

"So far it's been fantastic," says Dixon who commutes to TD Place from his home in the south end while mixing in the occasional side trip to his favourite Jamaican restaurant in Vanier. "There's nothing like home."

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