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Stone Sports Management is pleased to announce that the Ottawa Fury has signed Scottish Midfielder Nicholas "Nicki" Paterson as their first every signing for the 2014 NASL Expansion Franchise.  The Fury purchased Paterson's rights for an undisclosed transfer fee from the Charleston Battery.  Paterson leaves the Battery after three successful seasons and led them to the 2012 USL Pro Championship.  He was also named the 2011 and 2012 Charleston Battery MVP, and his best statistical season occurred in 2012 where he led all midfielders with 12 goals and second in the league in points, securing USL Pro All League Honors. Paterson will wear the #8 jersey for the Fury sponsored by Admiral.

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Ottawa Sports and Entertainment have invested in bringing a top class organization to Canada's capital.  The expansion franchise is led by Head Coach Marc Dos Santos who coached the Montreal Impact to a league Championship in 2009.  Dos Santos now solidfies his box to box midfielder as part of his recruiting plan.  Dos Santos recently announced Vancouver Whitecaps former Captain and legend Martin Nash as his Assistant Coach who played the same position as Paterson.  

Paterson is excited for the new opportunity, "I feel now at 28 that I am entering the peak of my career and that my experience being a pro since age 17 will help me with this new experience of being a leader for an expansion franchise.  I have been through promotion and relegation battles, administrations, sharing the lockerroom with great players like Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill, and one of my favorite moments -- winning the 2012 USL Pro Championship!  I still have so much to prove as a professional and joining the Ottawa Fury will give me a platform to improve each day as an individual and leader under Coach Dos Santos' guidance and trainings.  Coach Dos Santos has worked with some close friends of mine and have heard nothing but positive things about him as a person and coach.  I am confident that he will bring together a fantastic group that will be competitive in our first season. I am going to put pressure on myself to be a club leader and cannot wait to take on that responsibility and bring success to Ottawa."  Here is Nicki with a special video:

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Agent Justin Stone remarks on the historical signing, "I am very happy for Nicki and know that this is a win-win-win situation for everyone involved.  It was clear from the start that Marc [Dos Santos] wanted an established box to box midfielder who can score goals and lead from central midfield. Nicki has MLS level talent, and I look forward to seeing him compete in the NASL next season. It is an exciting time for Nicki personally and professionally and wish nothing but the best for him during this next career chapter." 

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(Nicki Paterson and Agent Justin Stone holding the 2012 USL Pro Championshp during a post-championsip celebration at Blackbaud Stadium's Three Lions Pub)

"I also want to take the opportunity to thank the Charleston Battery organization for being such a first class organization and giving me the blessing to embark on a new challenge.  The club and city will always be dear to me and my fiancee.  I want to thank all the fans I who supported us and had the privilege to meet.  I want to thank my teammates, Coach Anhaeuser, General Mananger Andrew Bell and Owner Tony Bakker.  The experiences at Blackbaud will never be forgotten!"


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