Pune-based I-League club DSK Shivajians FC on Tuesday roped in Jerry Lalrinzuala and Sanju Pradhan to strengthen their forward attack ahead of fresh season, starting January 7, 2017.
“We are delighted to have signed Jerry and have no doubt that he can reach new levels with us here at DSK Shivajians. I look forward to continuing his development on the right pathway,” First Team Manager Dave Rogers said.
“Two years ago, I came across Jerry playing for the India Under-16s and was so impressed that we tried to bring him to our LFC-DSK Academy. I knew then that this boy was going to be something special as his ability as a left-back, not just defensively but offensively, was outstanding,” he added, hailing the left-back.
In the recently-concluded Indian Super League, both Lalrinzuala and Pradhan put strong performances for their respective clubs Chennaiyin FC and FC Pune City.
Lalrinzuala, 18, on Monday won the Emerging Player of the ISL 2016. He made 13 appearances for Chennaiyin FC, being the youngest ever player to play in the ISL.
Since the start, Mizoram-born Lalrinzuala has been an active part of the Indian National Side from the Under 14 all the way up to the Under 19 level.
Besides Lalrinzuala, Pradhan will be the most experienced winger in the side, who has led East Bengal earlier in the I-League. With his versatility in midfield, Pradhan may play either wing and in the central midfield as well.
“He (Pradhan) has great experience and a real appetite to continue progressing in his career and provides me with versatility and quality which will help our young squad. Having worked with him during the Indian National team preparatory camp ahead of the SAFF Cup 2016 success, I know first-hand what qualities he will bring to us,” Rogers added.