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All 26 players have been given the green light to join the IMG-Reliance bandwagon, although, I-League clubs have refrained from signing any of them...

In seasons of gloom and doom any trickle of good news is always welcome and this is exactly what the players of the now disbanded I-League outfit Pailan arrows are feeling.

A little over a fortnight ago, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) swallowed the bitter pill and shuttered the I-League club Pailan Arrows. The closure happened three days before the domestic transfer window closed for the season. Financial reasons seemed to be the gist of the foreclosure. The contracted and transfer negotiated players were all told to search for a new club.

What caused considerable heartburn for the personnel is that no team from the I-League were willing to bring them on board, as they’re contracts needed to be tweaked to allow these players to participate in the controversial 'IPL-style' tournament, which is championed by the AIFF’s commercial and marketing partners IMG-Reliance to be held from January to March 2014.

Now in a temporary relief spreading directive, as reported by The Times of India, the Pailan Arrows players have been instructed to join the IMG-Reliance training camp which is being held at the Cooperage, Mumbai.

The training and conditioning camp has begun in earnest with a second stint. The first of such training camps was conducted in the month of August under the tutelage of Trevor Morgan, former East Bengal coach. The camp included a mix of domestic players from clubs and some from the national squad.

The out of contract players are expected to link up with the camp on Tuesday, September 17.


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