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NorthEast United successfully signs top Indian internationals

John Abraham and Nirmal Chettri pose with a NorthEast United scarf.

NorthEast United Football Club added more pieces to complete their team jigsaw leading upto the Hero India Super League (ISL) championship, by rolling in Nirmal Chettri, Rowllin Borges, Subrata Paul and Sumit Passi. However, NEUFC successfully warded off competition from other clubs to secure the signatures of these top and promising players.

The NorthEast United Football Club has been actively gearing up for the soon approaching third edition of ISL. After getting renowned Brazilian Football Manager, Sergio Farias on board as the head coach, the club went on to appoint Jerry and Zuala, the country’s most promising football talent from the LFC-DSK academy. Now, with the addition of Nirmal Chettri; who had finished as a runner-up in ISL-Season 1, Subrata Paul; one of India’s finest goal-keepers, Rowllin Borges; India’s most promising mid-fielder, Sumit Passi; a developing and potent young striker and Shouvik Ghosh; a solid and highly rated full-back , NEUFC has moved closer to completing it’s domestic roster.

Sharing his delight on appointing the young guns of Indian Football, John Abraham, Owner, NEUFC said, “I am absolutely thrilled with the signings of these football talents. Football runs in the blood of Nirmal, Subrata, Rowllin Sumit and Shouvik, a characteristic they have in common with the rest of the young lads at NEUFC. I extend a warm welcome to the new joinees in our growing family of passionate footballers and hope that together, we would achieve smashing results at the soon approaching season of the Hero ISL.”

Highlighting the key value these players would be bringing to the club, Ardeshir Jeejeebhoy, Director of Football for NEUFC said, “We have huge expectations from Nirmal Chettri who has quality I-League, ISL and international experience to strengthen our defense and give us an added edge because he is raring to go. Rowllin has displayed top form in the past one year a reliable and consistent performer. He is someone who anchors the mid-field and keeps the game ticking over. We definitely see a lot of promise in him in his positioning, passing abilities and foraging runs. Subrata Paul, on the other hand, displays remarkably quick instincts on field. He is a seasoned footballer and definitely would have a lot of wisdom to share with the boys. He commands a lot of respect in the Indian football fraternity being a captain of the National team and we are glad that he is on our side this season. Sumit has been on a remarkable goal-scoring spree in his last six games. He is young, enthusiastic and a team player. Lastly, Shouvik , who had a good first ISL season, is a very dependable and promising young lad who adds grit and steel at the back.

Nirmal Chettri, one of India’s most coveted full-backs shared his excitement, “I cannot wait to start playing for NorthEast United FC. It is my home and I am sure we will have a memorable season…one to remember.”

Rowllin also stated his delight on joining the Highlanders for Season 3 of the ISL, “ I am very happy that I signed for NorthEast United FC. I am looking forward to playing for the club this season and it’s passionate fans and helping it win the League.”

With over 355 I-League and ISL apperances combined between the five players, NEUFC gains experience, youth and talent which will surely be an asset for its campaign in the upcoming season. The addition of these five new players, along with the Brazilian manager, Jerry and Zuala and retainees from last season including TP Rehenesh, Robin Gurung, Seityasen Singh, Reagan Singh and Halicharan Narzary is paving the way for a solid Indian roster for Sergio Farias to choose from.

(Report courtesy Hero Indian Super League Press Release / Photo courtesy NorthEast United FC)