I-League 2016/17: DSK Shivajians sign Sanju Pradhan and ISL 2016 emerging player Jerry Lalrinzuala

DSK Shivajians FC signed left back Jerry Lalrinzuala and attacker Sanju Pradhan from Indian Super League sides Chennaiyin FC and FC Pune City respectively.

PTI December 20, 2016 21:12:57 IST
I-League 2016/17: DSK Shivajians sign Sanju Pradhan and ISL 2016 emerging player Jerry Lalrinzuala

Pune: DSK Shivajians FC on Tuesday signed left back Jerry Lalrinzuala and attacker Sanju Pradhan from Indian Super League sides Chennaiyin FC and FC Pune City respectively for the upcoming I-League season beginning next month.

By signing Jerry, DSK have pulled off a major coup as the 18-year-old was named the Emerging Player of the 2016 ISL.

ILeague 201617 DSK Shivajians sign Sanju Pradhan and ISL 2016 emerging player Jerry Lalrinzuala

File phot of Chennaiyin FC's defender Jerry Lalrinzuala in action. ISL

A product of the AIFF Elite Academy, the Mizoram-born Lalrinzuala was part of a select group of five players who had gone to FC Metz's Academy in France in May for a developmental stint.

On his return, he made 13 appearances for Chennaiyin FC as one of the youngest ever players to play in the ISL. A vital cog in the Indian youth set-up, Jerry has been part of every age group national side from the Under-14 all the way up to the Under-19 level.

Speaking on the signing, 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.

"His energy levels, to get up and down the pitch, along with his quality on the ball, have improved immensely; and also defensively he has grown into the best young defender in the country. I am delighted to have signed Jerry and have no doubt that he can reach new levels with us. I look forward to continuing his development on the right pathway."

In Sanju Pradhan, DSK have brought in one of India's most experienced wingers. The former East Bengal captain, a winner of the ISL, the Federation Cup and the Indian Super Cup, Pradhan comes into Dave Rogers' side with a winning mentality.

Added to his versatility in midfield is his ability to play on either wing, or in a central role.

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