Shylo Malsawmtluanga joins second division side Bhawanipore after twelve years in top level football

The diminutive midfielder will be plying his trade for the minnows of the Kolkata Maidan.

Shylo Malsawmtluanga, the veteran midfielder from Mizoram who was the first player from the North-Eastern state to make it big at the national stage, has joined Calcutta Football League (CFL) side Bhawanipore .

"I have signed for Bhawanipore only for the CFL and I'm open to offers for the I-League," the former India international, who took part in the practice session for the first time on Wednesday, told Goal.

The winger has played for a number of clubs like East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Salgaocar and United Sports Club in his long career in the combined era of National Football League (NFL) and I-League and is one of the few players who have taken part in the last twelve seasons of the top-flight competition.

In the Indian Super League (ISL), he played for Delhi Dynamos in the first couple of seasons but failed to find any suitor this time around.

Bhawanipore will be coached by former India national team defender Debjit Ghosh and already roped in the likes of Lalkamal Bhowmick and Manish Bhargav for the season ahead.