The Vancouver Whitecaps announced on Wednesday that 20-year-old New Zealand striker, but also with Canadian citizenship!, Myer Bevan has been loaned to third tier Swedish club Husqvarna FF. The loan is through July 10th, with an opportunity to extend until the end of 2018.
Bevan signed with the ThunderCaps, then the Whitecaps USL club, midway through last season. While with Whitecaps FC 2, he scored three goals in 13 appearances (11 starts). With the ThunderCaps folding, Bevan was signed to a first-team contract this past December. However, with the arrival of Kei Kamara and Anthony Blondell, along with the returning Erik Hurtado, it was clear that Bevan would not get a lot of opportunities for game time with the Whitecaps.
Despite not getting playing time with the Whitecaps, Bevan has been a recent part of the New Zealand national team, earning his third cap just last week in the friendly against Canada.
Given that the Division 1 Södra season kicks off April 7th, the July 10th date seems curious. However, it is worth noting that the Whitecaps play the first leg of the Canadian Championship, against Montreal Impact, on July 18th; probably the first time Bevan would have an opportunity to suit up for the Whitecaps. We might see Bevan return for the Canadian Championship and then be loaned out again at the conclusion.
What are your thoughts on this move and the length of the loan?