Canterbury United stars join Christchurch United

Juan Chang, left, and Colin van Gool, right in their new club uniform with Christchurch United coach Fernando Lambert at their home base at the Christchurch Football Centre in Yaldhurst.

Christchurch United Football Club has scored a major coup by recruiting Canterbury United imports Juan Chang and Colin van Gool.

The pair will be representing the club in the Mainland Championship competition and work as youth coaches for the Christchurch United Football School.

Fernando Lambert welcomes Juan Chang to the club.

Chang has been part of the Canterbury United set-up for the past two National League seasons after previous semi-professional stints in Spain, the United States and his native Guatemala.

The 29-year-old striker was excited to receive the brand new Christchurch United strip as it reminded him of his national team.

“The blue-and-white stripes are exactly the same as the Guatemala national team, which is pretty cool,” said Chang who wore the national strip as during Guatemala’s Under-17 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Dutchman Van Gool is currently in his first season with Canterbury United and has decided to stay in Christchurch for the winter season and play at the Christchurch United’s world-class home ground at Yaldhurst Road.

Lambert welcomes Colin van Gool to the club.

“I have been out here a few times for coaching sessions and I have been impressed with the facility, the coaches, and the ambitions of this club,” said Van Gool, who most recently played for Helmond Sport in the second professional tier of Dutch Football.

Van Gool arrived in Christchurch through a marketing internship with Mainland Football and hopes to be using those skills for Christchurch United as well. “This will be a great opportunity to work in my own field, work as a coach and keep playing during the winter months.”

Christchurch United First Team Head Coach Fernando Lambert was extremely pleased with his new recruits and said their experience would be invaluable.

“Aside from their ability as players Juan and Colin will bring a level of professionalism that our young squad can learn from,” said Lambert.

Lambert says the two new players will be a big boost for Christchurch United’s ambition to promote to the Mainland Premier League.

“But two players don’t make a team. There are a number of other contenders in this league and the majority of our players are still very young, so it will be an exciting season.”