CHARLOTTE, N.C.- The Charlotte Independence announced on November 17th that midfielder Lewis Hilton would be rejoining the team in 2017, having exercised the team option in the rookie’s contract. Hilton comes off a season where he recorded 16 starts in 28 games played. He scored three goals, assisted four times, and tallied 22 shots with 13 being on target.
News of Hilton’s contract extension traveled across the pond to the 23-year-old’s hometown of Newquay in Cornwall, England. Tom Howe (@_tomhowe_) of the Newquay Voice (@NqVoice) wrote about the second year pro returning the Queen City.
Hilton is spending this offseason in his home-country, which he has not been back to in nearly two years. He says in addition to training, he plans to coach youth soccer.
“I’ve been coaching since I was 15 or 16,” said Hilton. “It’s kind of something I’m passionate about, as well as playing.”
Hilton’s love of coaching doesn’t come as a surprise to Charlotte Independence Head Coach Mike Jeffries. He sees the eagerness his midfielder has for the game.
“He is a super passion soccer fan,” said Jeffries. “He loves the game, [he] loves to be a part of it. He lives it and breaths and that shows everyday.”