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Bengaluru FC signs defender Nikhil Poojary on long term deal

Bengaluru FC has signed former Hyderabad FC defender on a long term deal after the defender was allowed to leave his former club.

Bengaluru FC signs defender Nikhil Poojary on long term deal

The Bridge Desk

Updated: 31 Jan 2024 1:39 PM GMT

Indian defender Nikhil Poojary has signed a four-year deal with Bengaluru FC, announced the club on Wednesday.

The announcement came a day after the club signed Chinglensana Singh on a long-term deal, underlining intent in what has been a busy January transfer window for the Blues.

Poojary started twice and came on as a substitute once in India’s group stage games at the AFC Asian Cup in Qatar earlier this month, and has been a mainstay on the national team for some time now.

Speaking on his signing with Bengaluru, Poojary said, “I am delighted at joining a club that has set the benchmark in Indian football on so many fronts, in just ten years of its existence. I did have a few offers to choose from, but the BCF project and the way they want to go about things is what made the decision easier for me. I had extensive chats with the management and the coach, and I feel this club is where I can help create an impact and build on my potential”

“I have come up against BFC on many occasions in the past, and have always admired the atmosphere the fans bring to the Kanteerava. It’s going to be nice to play for and in front of them.”

Born in Karnataka, Poojari spent most of his youth career at clubs in Mumbai, before signing for East Bengal in what would be his first senior move. He then spent a season with Pune City FC and followed it with a move to Hyderabad FC, with whom he became ISL champion in the 2021-22 season.

The Blues haven’t had the best of starts to the season, and coach Gerard Zaragoza believes that Poojary’s experience and versatility will help bolster Bengaluru’s push.

“In signing Nikhil, we are signing experience and quality. Our focus this January window was to add quality Indian defenders to the squad and I believe we have managed to do that well. Nikhil is an offensive right-back who will help us a lot in attack, and his experience will be crucial in all the defensive demands that we have from our players.”

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