Guwahati: NorthEast United FC is thrilled to announce the signings of three talented young players - Shajan Franklin, Macarton Louis Nickson, and Mukul Panwar. The dynamic trio add to a growing roster of prospects joining the Highlanders ahead of the 2023-24 season. While Shajan has signed a one-year contract, both Macarton and Mukul have penned three-year deals.
Both Shajan and Macarton were teammates in the midfield at FC Bengaluru United and featured in the Hero 2nd Division League earlier this year. Mukul has been associated with the Chandigarh Football Academy and is taking his first step into professional football. The 16-year-old defender was also a part of the Indian National Team at the 2023 U-17 AFC Asian Cup and even got his name on the scoresheet against the eventual winners Japan.
Assistant Coach Naushad Moosa hailed the signings of the three youngsters, stating, "Shajan was a key part of the Karnataka team that won the Santosh Trophy earlier this year. I have been tracking Macarton since his time with the Indian Arrows. Both players are tall and technically gifted. Mukul had a good outing at the U-17 AFC Asian Cup just over a month ago. All of them have the potential to make the first team in the near future."
The trio’s key reasonings behind joining the Highlanders is due to the club’s desire to give opportunities to young footballers as well as their eagerness to play in the Hero Indian Super League.
NorthEast United FC CEO Mandar Tamhane extended a hearty welcome to the club’s latest signings. He said, "Our vision at NorthEast United FC is centred around nurturing and developing talents, and these young players perfectly embody that philosophy. Our approach involves creating a pool of talented Indian players, which includes the first team and reserve team working together in synergy. As we continue to build a strong foundation for the club, we are thrilled to welcome Shajan Franklin, Macarton Louis Nickson, and Mukul Panwar to our squad."
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