Indian Super League (ISL) outfit Jamshedpur FC have completed the signing of Aussie winger Nick Fitzgerald with an official announcement made through their Twitter account a little while back. As first reported by The Bridge, the 28-year-old is in line to follow in the footsteps of former Newcastle Jets teammate James Donachie, who has signed for FC Goa, as he swaps the A-League for the ISL.
A left-sided winger, Fitzgerald is a dynamic attacker renowned for his pace and ability to take on defenders. A former U-20 and U-23 international for his country, he has huge experience of playing in the Australian top division since debuting for the Central Coast Mariners in 2010. He has also gone on to represent sides like Brisbane Roar, Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City FC. He becomes the latest in a long line of players who have joined the ISL from the A-League following cuts in sponsorship money in the Australian top flight as well as the introduction of player salary caps which have severely hampered clubs’ ability to pay players post the Covid-19-induced lockdown.
The Red Miners had been looking to sign a winger and after extensive scouting, zeroed in on Fitzgerald. New head coach Owen Coyle’s side have thus completed their quota of foreign players with the other foreigners being Aitor Monroy, David Grande, Nerijus Valskis, Alex Lima, Peter Hartley and Stephen Eze. Fitzgerald also doubles up as the mandatory Asian player and will hope to acclimatize quickly to his new surroundings as he starts his Indian sojourn.