Phoenix Rising signs Scottish forward Greg Hurst to multi-year deal

Jan 18, 2022, 1:51 PM | Updated: Jan 24, 2022, 1:50 pm

Phoenix Rising forward Greg Hurst. (Union Omaha Photo)...

Phoenix Rising forward Greg Hurst. (Union Omaha Photo)

(Union Omaha Photo)

Phoenix Rising FC announced the signing of forward Greg Hurst to a multi-year deal on Monday.

The 24-year-old from Scotland scored 14 goals and notched two assists in 30 matches during Union Omaha’s USL League One title run last year.

“Greg was a huge part of Union Omaha’s championship run last season,” PRFC manager Rick Schantz said in a press release. “We watched him and really noticed his soccer IQ. He has tremendous technical ability and very good off-the-ball movement.

“Greg can play as a 10, but most likely will feature as a striker for Rising. We couldn’t be more excited about adding him to our roster.”

Hurst has been voted to USL League One’s All-League First Team in back-to-back seasons with Omaha (2021) and Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (2020), the latter of which he scored 10 goals in 21 matches across two seasons.

Prior to his USL days, the forward spend time with then-Scottish League One side Stirling Albion, where he appeared in two matches as a 17-year-old.

And before the age of 22, Hurst garnered 68 appearances and scored 13 goals for Scottish League One, League Two and Premier League clubs.

“Phoenix is one of the biggest clubs in USL,” Hurst said in the release. “I enjoy the style of football Rising plays. It’s super exciting to be here now and to be part of it. I feel like I will fit in very well with that style of play. I like to go forward and be dynamic.

“When I learned Phoenix was interested, I kind of dropped everything to be here. No one says no to Phoenix.”

PRFC now has 21 players signed to its roster ahead of the 2022 USL Championship season:

Goalkeeper: Lalo Delgado

Fullbacks: Joey Calistri, Channing Chasten, Ryan Flood, Darnell King, Baboucarr “Babou” Njie

Center backs: Niall Dunn, Joe Farrell, Manuel Madrid, James Musa

Midfielders: Carlos Anguiano, Ivan Gutierrez, Kevon Lambert, Jonathan Levin, Aodhan Quinn, Arturo Rodriguez, Luis Seijas

Forwards: Richmond Antwi, Marcus Epps, Greg Hurst, Santi Moar

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