Bengaluru FC have secured the signature of Alwyn George on a one-year deal with an option to extend for another year, the club has announced. The midfielder will join last season's I-League runners-up for the upcoming campaign.
George, who has been capped six times for the Indian national team, started his career at Tata Football Academy, winning the ‘Junior national championship’ trophy, before signing his first professional contract with the now disbanded club Pailan Arrows in 2012. He was eventually called up to the U-23 Indian national team.
The attacking midfielder then went on to ply his trade with Dempo after Pailan Arrows was shut down. The former Tata FA player went on to make 18 appearances before enduring a dismal spell at FC Goa in the inaugural ISL edition last year, playing only twice for the Goans.
After putting in a string of scintillating performances in the I-League with Dempo last season, the midfielder is looking forward to teaming up with Ashley Westwood at Bengaluru for the upcoming 2015/16 I League season.
“We’re delighted to have Alwyn on the team. He is the first Indian player who had my attention simply because of the potential and natural ability he put on display. A lot more was expected of him but, for whatever the reasons be, he hasn’t been able to do justice to his potential. He’s certainly a player who we can improve and get him back to his best. I see this signing as an asset to the team,” said Westwood of his latest acquisition.
“I am really excited to have signed for Bengaluru FC. No one comes close to them when it comes to running things professionally and I am glad I will get to experience that first-hand. The last couple of years haven’t been my best but I now want to prove that I can force my way into the starting XI of any team,” said George on completing his signing.
Named ‘best young Indian player of the season’ by the Football Players Association of India for two seasons in a row (2012-13 and 2013-14), Nagpur-born George said he was also looking forward to playing in front of the boisterous BFC fans who he had come up against while at Dempo.
“I’ve been witness to the kind of support the club enjoys and I am really looking forward to playing in front of those passionate fans. I want to also repay the coaches faith in signing me and I want to play my part in helping the club become champions again,” he concluded.