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

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
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Dheeraj Singh will play for Kerala Blasters in the 2018-19 season of the Indian Super League (ISL).
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.

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