Shillong Lajong have followed up the signing of Indian International Renedy Singh with the capture of Australian striker Matthew Osvaldo Mayora, as they try to cement their place in the I-League this season.
With the Shillong-based club having scored just ten goals this season, the Australian will be expected to add some bite to their presently toothless attack.
Pradhyum Reddy was rather optimistic about Mayora’s signing and felt that the striker would suit the club’s playing style quite nicely.
"We were looking for the right kind of player to fit into our system, and we discovered that Mayora's style of play suits Lajong," Reddy said.
The striker has the experience of playing in India, having represented Southern Samity of Kolkata previously. The Australian, who earlier plied his trade for various football clubs in New South Wales in Australia, comes highly recommended by several Indian coaches, but Reddy cautioned the Lajong faithful from expecting miracles from the forward in his debut game.
"The fans should not expect him to perform in his debut match (against Dempo). One signing would not bring in radical changes to the team, and he needs time to adjust himself with all conditions," Reddy stressed.
However, the 6 feet 2 inches striker will also provide the "height advantage" to Lajong considering the short stature of most of the team's players.
Reddy’s men take on Dempo SC, in what will be just their second home game infront of their fans at Shillong on Sunday, having lost to Churchill Brothers 2-0 last matchweek at the same venue.