Sporting Clube de Goa's Jerry Karpeh: Thirty goals is a good target

The new signing of the Flaming Oranje stressed that he will take full advantage of first team action...

Sporting Clube de Goa will be Jerry Karpeh's 13th club in as many years and the player is hoping that 2013 will prove a lucky omen as he is set to turn thirty next year.

“I have informed the club that I would like jersey number 30, because thirty goals is a good target for any striker to aim for,” he stated.

Karpeh plied his trade for Pune FC last season, helping them to notch up an all-time best second place finish in the prestigious I-League. However, he didn’t get his share of first team football last time around, as he was mostly used as the ‘fourth’ foreigner by the Pune gaffer Derrick Pereira.

However, his limited appearances caught the eye of the Flaming Oranje officials. His stand out performance was rising off the bench against Shillong Lajong to equalise twice and drag his team back from the clutches of defeat to earn a point in a 2-2 draw last season.

Club president Peter Vaz has backed new signing Jerry Karpeh to strengthen their side considerably and believes that his aerial prowess will add another element to their attack.

“I feel Jerry will add a new dimension to our forward line and give us the aerial advantage we need to stay competitive,” remarked Vaz.

Jerry also has spent the most part of his career Down Under and has since gained Australian Citizenship, which qualifies him as an Asian player.

The towering 6 foot 3 inch striker is no stranger to Goa, having played briefly for Churchill Brothers and won the IFA Shield with them, before moving to Singapore.

Karpeh was the Football West State League top goal scorer in 2007 playing for Floreat Athena where he won the club's Best Player Award.

A-League club Perth Glory signed Karpeh during the 2007-2008 season where he played seven games for the club.

After a short spell with Churchill Brothers, he went to Indonesia in 2011, to score 7 goals in 23 outings for Persisam Putra Samarinda.

It will be interesting to see how the player performs at Sporting and probably alters a facet of his career by sticking to a club for long.