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Dheeraj Singh signs for Indian Super League (ISL) side Kerala Blasters

Dheeraj Singh, who impressed with his performances in the FIFA U-17 World Cup, will be a part of the Kerala Blasters franchise in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2018-19.

football Updated: Jun 02, 2018 17:58 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Dheeraj Singh will play for Kerala Blasters in the 2018-19 season of the Indian Super League (ISL).(AIFF)

Dheeraj Singh, India’s young goalkeeping talent, has signed for Kerala Blasters ahead of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2018-19 season on Saturday. Dheeraj was previously training with the Scottish club Motherwell FC but was unable to sign with them due to the lack of a work permit.

“I am delighted to sign for Kerala Blasters. I had an opportunity to train with the club in January before travelling to the UK. I am really excited to work with David James and play in front of the best fans in the country,” Dheeraj told Goal.com in an interview after his signing.

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The 17-year old caught the attention of Motherwell FC scouts during the FIFA U-17 World Cup last year where he was undoubtedly the best player for India. The hosts were unable to reach the knockout stages, but Dheeraj’s performances made him a hero among the Indian football fans.

Dheeraj quit Indian Arrows, the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) developmental squad in the I-League, after the end of his contract on December 31, 2017 to pursue his dreams of playing for a European club. In the meantime, he was training with the Kerala Blasters.

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Dheeraj was offered a 3-year deal by Motherwell FC but he was unable to secure a work permit because of his age and lack of international experience. The goalkeeper can reapply after one season but the rule states that a player must feature in at least 75% of his national side’s competitive games over the course of two years for acquiring a work permit in the United Kingdom.