I-League: Bengaluru FC sign young defender Gursimrat Singh

Bengaluru FC have secured the signing of the promising defender and have also announced the return of two former Blues...

Bengaluru FC have snapped up promising nineteen-year-old defender Gursimrat Singh on a one-year deal.

A CFA (Chandigarh Football Academy) product, he was a key cog in the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Elite Academy squad that won the 2014-15 U-19 I-League, while also playing a part with the Indian U-19 National Team as they lost to Nepal in penalties in the SAFF 2015 U-19 Championship.

Gursimrat played for India in the Frenz Cup in Malaysia and was also a part of the Nike All-Asia camp in Qatar in 2013, where the Ludhiana-born made the cutoff to the All-Asia team final eleven for his age-group along with teammate Bidyananda Singh.

“I am thrilled that I have signed my first professional contract with the best club in India. I am looking forward to learning and growing every day. This is a big chance for me early in my career and I am focused on making the most of it,” said Singh.

Bengaluru also announced that their local player Vishal Kumar, whose contract had expired in May, has also signed a short term deal. Also returning to the club is Darren Caldeira, who was a part of the Bengaluru outfit from 2013-15, before departing to join Mumbai FC.

Bengaluru head coach Albert Roca hailed the signing of Gursimrat and appreciated the additions of Kumar and Caldeira before their crucial AFC Cup quarter-final tie against Tampines Rovers in September.

“The club’s philosophy is to give young talent a stage and I believe that’s exactly what Gursimrat has got. He is talented, works hard and wants to keep improving which is a good sign for anyone taking the professional path. It’s also good to have Vishal and Darren back with the team. They have been with the club before but are working hard to bring value add to the squad which is what we need ahead of the AFC Cup tie,” he said.