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SC East Bengal rope in seasoned defender Adil Khan on loan

Indian national team defender Adil Ahmed Khan. (Photo courtesy: AIFF Media)
Indian national team defender Adil Ahmed Khan. (Photo courtesy: AIFF Media)

SC East Bengal on Tuesday announced the signing of seasoned India defender Adil Khan on loan from Hyderabad FC for the upcoming Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) season.

Adil, 33, moved to FC Goa on loan during the January transfer window after spending one and a half-seasons with Hyderabad FC.

The national team centre-back featured in the AFC Champions League for FC Goa, also starting five matches for the Gaurs in the league last season.

Having started his career as a defensive midfielder, Adil was signed by Sporting Clube de Goa back in 2008 and spent five years at the club.

Adil donned Delhi Dynamos FC colours in the inaugural Hero ISL season, also plying his trade for FC Pune City in the 2017-18 season where he had a stellar spell with the Stallions. He then moved to Hyderabad FC.

“I am delighted to be part of SC East Bengal. I know how passionate the fans are and that is a big motivating factor for me. I am really looking forward to working with Robbie Fowler [head coach] also, and I will try and give my best for the Red and Gold brigade,” Adil said after putting pen to paper for the century-old club.

“I am also thankful to the club management for giving me this opportunity. I am raring to go,” he added.

SC East Bengal, coached by Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler, took part in their maiden Hero ISL campaign last time, finishing in ninth place.