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VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Monday that centre back Derek Cornelius has agreed to a contract extension through 2022, with a club option for 2023. The club also confirmed that Cornelius will be loaned, with an option to purchase, to Greek Super League side Panetolikos FC through December 31, 2022.

“It is important for Derek to continue playing to progress in his career, and we worked closely with him and his representatives to find the best option,” said Axel Schuster, Whitecaps FC sporting director and chief executive officer. “This is a great opportunity for Derek to test himself in a very competitive league.”

During the 2021 MLS season, the 23-year-old Canadian made one start in five appearances. In his two plus seasons with the ’Caps, the Ajax, Ontario native has started 30 of his 37 appearances across all competitions.

The ‘Caps currently have 26 players on their active roster, including three senior slots available.

TRANSACTION: On Monday, July 12, 2021, Whitecaps FC signed Derek Cornelius to a contract extension through 2022, with a club option for 2023. The club also confirmed Cornelius will be loaned, with an option to purchase, to Greek Super League side Panetolikos FC through December 31, 2022.

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