The Indian Super League's (ISL) defending champions Chennaiyin FC have re-signed with Karanjit Singh, Mehrajuddin Wadoo and Thoi Singh.
Goalkeeper Singh and midfielder Thoi were bought by the Abhishek Bachchan co-owned franchise in season two during the player auctions while Wadoo joined Chennaiyin on a free transfer after playing for FC Pune City in the inaugural ISL campaign.
“Thoi, Wadoo and Karanjit played important roles in our success last season. We are happy to have them back for our title defence,” revealed Chennaiyin FC head coach Marco Materazzi.
After the ISL, Karanjit and Wadoo had loan stints at Goan clubs Salgaocar and Sporting Clube de Goa respectively. Karanjit inspired Salgaocar to survival while Wadoo played his part in Sporting Goa’s fourth-placed finish.
“I would like to thank Chennaiyin for showing faith in me again. I gave my best whenever I got a chance to play last season and this year I am going to work even harder to make Chennaiyin champions again,” said Karanjit.
“Being at Chennaiyin was like being with a family. I enjoyed my stint last season both on and off the field and so I am delighted to have renewed with them again. I would like to thank Marco and the owners for giving me another chance at Chennaiyin and my aim will be to perform even better than last season,” Wadoo stated.
Thoi was on loan at Bengaluru FC after the ISL 2015 and he went on to win his second I-League title with the Blues from Bengaluru to cap off a memorable season.
“I am delighted to sign an extension with Chennaiyin. The coach, owners, staff and fans supported me a lot and that brought the best out of me. However there is plenty of room for improvement so I have to raise my game further and help keep the trophy in Chennai for another year,” expressed the 25 year-old.