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Cory Burke signed to new contract through 2022

Burke signed a two-year deal with an option for 2023

Carl Gulbish

Cory Burke is coming back.

The Jamaican international forward has signed a new deal with the Philadelphia Union that will keep the 28-year-old under contract past his 30th birthday.

His new deal is guaranteed through the 2022 season and includes an option for 2023.

“We’re excited to have come to an agreement on a new contract with Cory,” Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner said in a news release. “He is a very talented striker who instantly strengthens our attack and solidifies our depth up top. Cory has consistently shown his value on the pitch with his dedication, hard work and ability to finish. He has become a valuable striker who runs hard in the box and has the ability to make a play defensively to start the attack.”

Burke missed most of the last two seasons with the Union because of visa issues — he spent time on loan with Portmore United and SKN St. Polten during that time — but showed his value to the team when he returned down the stretch this season, scoring two important goals off the bench in five appearances. He has 14 goals in 41 appearances since signing a first team deal in 2017.