Kerala Blasters have secured the services of young goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, the club confirmed on Saturday.
Dheeraj, who was one of the standout performers for the India U-17s at the FIFA U-17 World Cup last year, had attracted offers from clubs outside India. After a trial stint at Scottish club Motherwell FC, Dheeraj trained with English Premier Club Bournemouth before putting pen to paper with Kerala Blasters.
On his return to India for a fresh challenge, Dheeraj said, "I am delighted to sign for Kerala Blasters. I had an opportunity to train with the club in January before travelling to the UK. I am really excited to work with David James and play in front of the best fans in the country.“
David James, who organized Dheeraj’s training at Bournemouth, said, “I am delighted that Dheeraj has joined us. He has shown tremendous ability and talent and will be a great addition to the squad. I was in touch with the goalkeeping coaches while he was training at Bournemouth FC and the stint there should give him an enormous amount of confidence. I am sure Dheeraj will do extremely well for Kerala Blasters and hopefully go on to represent the senior national team soon.“
Varun Tripuraneni, CEO of Kerala Blasters said, “ We are delighted that Dheeraj Singh has joined us. He is an exciting young talent and with David James at the helm, Dheeraj is under great hands. We have a good young squad shaping up for next season and seasons ahead and Dheeraj will play an important role as we build the squad for the future.“