ISL 2017-18: ATK release Njazi Kuqi, Jussi Jaaskelainen and Augustin Fernandes, sign replacements

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Teddy Sheringham has decided to let go off three ineffective players and have made use of the transfer findow to find replacements...

Indian Super League (ISL) defending champions ATK have released Njazi Kuqi,  Jussi Jaaskelainen and Augustin Fernandes and signed David Cotterill, Martin Paterson and former Delhi Dynamos goalkeeper Soram Poirei as replacements in the ISL transfer window, the club announced on Wednesday.

Finnish striker Kuqi failed to make an impact at the Kolkata-based club,  with a meagre return of one goal from six appearances. Former Bolton Wanderers custodian Jaaskelainen made just one appearance for the side, with head coach Teddy Sheringham opting to go with Indian goalkeeper Debjit Majumder in between the sticks.

Former Birmingham and Bristol City winger David Cotterill is a versatile player who has featured for the Wales national team. The 30-year-old was released by Birmingham City in December, with 15 goals to his name in 109 appearances.

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Martin Paterson played for Port Vale in EFL League One in 2016 and has also played as a forward for Tampa Bay Rowdies. The 30-year-old from Northern Ireland has also plied his trade at several English clubs, including a successful five-year stint at Burnley between 2008 to 2013.

Goalkeeper Soram Poirei started his career with Shillong Lajong and has played for Bengaluru FC in I-League. He has also had ISL experience with Delhi Dynamos in 2016.

The two-time ISL champions find themselves in the seventh position on the table, with 12 points from nine games. 

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