Canadian-Belgian WR Matthew Craens signs with Mallorca Voltors

The Mallorca Voltors have bolstered their receiving corps as they gear up for the Spanish League of American Football season with the signing of Canadian-Belgian receiver Matthew Craens.

 The 5’11’’, 185 pound, 25-year-old Winnipeg, Canada native who grew up in Belgium, spent the 2021 season playing for the Allgäu Comets in the German Football League. From 2017 to 2019, he was a member of the University of Bishop Gaiters in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada after playing for the Algarve Sharks in the Portuguese League of American Football. He helped the Sharks reach the Portuguese final in 2016 for the first time in their history and caught two touchdown passes in the title game.

His performance attracted the attention of Belgian national team head coach Lee Rosky who added him to the squad for games against Spain and Hungary in 2016 both of which Belgium subsequently won.

Craens grew up in Leuven, Belgium after moving from Winnipeg as a young child but did not start playing football until returning to Canada to attend Centre Wellington high school in Toronto, Ontario moving on to John F Ross secondary school for his junior and senior years.

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