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The Kolkatan outfit have sealed a one year deal with the Costa Rica international, who was available after his decorated five-year stint Melbourne Victory came to an end

Former Melbourne Victory midfielder Carlos Hernandez has sealed his move to big-spending I-League club Prayag United, but believes he proved the critics of his playing weight in Australia wrong in his stint in the A-League.

Having finished seventh last season, the acquisition of Hernandez - a member of Costa Rica's 2006 World Cup squad - is the latest addition for Sanjoy Sen's Kolkata-based side.

In their bid to challenge for the league title and an AFC Cup spot, United have already paid huge amounts to secure the signing of the likes of Ranti Martins, Subrata Paul, Gouramangi Moirangthem.

Hernandez left Victory at the end of the 2011-12 season, having spent five years at the A-League powerhouse.  A fan favourite and capable of the spectacular, he criticised the club's professionalism after the two parties failed to agree on a new deal.

His workrate and playing weight did come under scrutiny, but Hernandez believes he "proved everyone wrong" with his performances.

"I had some differences with the team management [at Victory]. We could not reach an agreement over an issue," said Hernandez to reporters at his unveiling on Thursday, admitting "money was a big factor" in his move.
 
"There were several offers from other club.  But I always wanted to come play in India.  Apart from United SC, there were two other Indian clubs who showed interest. I think they disagreed with Melbourne Victory on the transfer fee.
 
"But United SC were very patient.  They sorted out all the issues and made a very good offer. I really liked their approach and their proposal. Their blueprint for the 2012-13 season really impressed me. I know they didn't win any trophies last season. So, it will be a challenge for me to win titles for them."

Hernandez scored 36 goals in 122 games during his time at Victory, including 10 goals last term to finish the club's top scorer.

He won the 2009-10 Johnny Warren Medal for the league's best player, while he has represented Costa Rica 35 times and scored seven goals.

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