Sandip Nandy was pleased after the All India Football Federation (AIFF) named him as the best goalkeeper in the 2012-13 season of the I-League.
The experienced custodian plied his trade for Churchill Brothers in the last season and pulled off a number of stellar performances throughout the year to help his team win the league. Churchill managed the highest number of clean-sheets in the tournament, a testament of the veteran's class.
"Winning any award in the professional level feels great. And this coming from the AIFF, I am very happy to be adjudged the best. It will certainly boost my confidence and motivate me for performing well in the next season," Nandy told Goal.
Nandy has won the league title with four different clubs - Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Churchill Brothers and Mahindra United, becoming the only footballer to achieve this feat.
He has joined Mohun Bagan over the summer and is happy to return back to his old stomping ground.
"Yes, it's been a decade since I had last played for Bagan. I am happy to return. It will be a fresh challenge for me," he remarked.
His brilliant form for the Goan giants saw national coach Wim Koevermans recall him into the side, years after he was sidelined. At the age of 38, Nandy believes that he still has more to offer to the national team.
"The SAFF Championship will take place in a few months and I hope that I make it to the team," he signed off.