Brampton international forward Ike Ugbo joins Sheffield Wednesday on loan


Published January 11, 2024 at 1:03 pm

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Canada forward Ike Ugbo laughs during practice at the World Cup in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Brampton’s Ike Ugbo has joined Sheffield Wednesday in England’s second-tier Championship on loan from French Ligue 2 side Troyes for the rest of the season.

Ugbo had been on loan to Cardiff City, another Championship side, but was recalled after scoring four goals in 22 competitive appearances with the Bluebirds.

Sheffield Wednesday (6-16-4) sits 22nd in the 24-team Championship. Cardiff City (11-11-4) is ninth.

The 25-year-old Ugbo was born in England but moved to Brampton with his family when he was just four years old.

Ugbo has won eight caps for Canada, starting his career with Chelsea’s academy before loans to Barnsley, MK Dons, Scunthorpe United, Roda JC in the Netherlands and Belgium’s Cercle Brugge.

Ugbo signed with Belgium’s Genk in August 2021 before being loaned to Troyes in January 2022, making the move permanent that June on a four-year contract.

He represented England at the under-17 and under-20 level before switching his allegiance to Canada. He was part of John Herdman’s World Cup squad in 2022 in Qatar along with Brampton soccer star Tajon Buchanan who recently signed with Inter Milan to become the first-ever Canadian to play in Serie A.

Ugbo did not see action at the tournament but joined other big names from Brampton including Junior Hoilett, Cyle Larin and Captain Atiba Hutchinson among others at the contest.

He will wear No. 12 with Sheffield Wednesday, which founded in 1867 by members of the Wednesday Cricket Club. The team prides itself as the fifth-oldest professional football club in England.

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