Josh Walker, the former England U-20 captain, has agreed to join Bengaluru FC in a one-year deal, the club confirmed today.
Josh was a colleague of Blues' gaffer Ashley Westwood during his loan stint in Northampton Town and will become the second player after John Johnson to join the ranks of the Indian club after being teammates with the coach for 'The Cobblers'.
Josh had captained England in a number of under-20 matches and also wore the armband in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where his country crashed out from the group stages.
However, rapid decline in his career saw him play for Gateshead F.C. last year, which is a member of the fifth tier of English football.
The best moment in Walker's senior career came on 14th February, 2008 when he pulled off a curled effort past Michael Rensing to give Aberdeen the lead against a high-profile Bayern Munich side in a Uefa Cup clash.
“I am very excited to start this chapter of my career with the champions of India. I’ve been with John Johnson at Middlesbrough and he has only nice things to say about his stint with Bengaluru FC. I am also looking forward to play under Ashley Westwood. I cannot wait to get there and play in front of the amazing fans of the club of whom I have heard much about,” Walker said after joining the I-League champions.
The Bengaluru side had retained three of their four forigners who played a large part in their debut season glory, with John Menyongar being the only overseas player to be released.
“Joshua is a talented player, comfortable with both feet and has a great attitude. He will fit in seamlessly into our scheme of things. There’s a fair number of clubs in England that were chasing his signature and it says a lot that we, at Bengaluru FC, have made him our player. Getting him also means we have been able to abide by the AIFF’s rule of signing a marquee player,” Westwood remaked about the new signing.