Reinaldo

Margao, Aug 23 (IANS) Indian Super League (ISL) franchise FC Goa on Tuesday announced the signings of Brazilian forward Reinaldo and goalkeeper Subhashish Roy Chowdhury for the forthcoming third edition of the football tournament.

A spokesperson for FC Goa said: “We are pleased to retain Reinaldo. Zico was impressed with his performances on the pitch last year and asked that he come back.

“Subhashish is also a great addition to the squad. We wanted to get a proven goalkeeper in and that’s what we’ve got,” he added.

“We are happy with the composition of the squad so far and have some further signings to come.”

The Brazilian has re-signed with the club on the back of a successful campaign where he topped the scoring charts by notching up seven goals during the campaign.

His outstanding moment of the past edition came when he scored a brilliant hat-trick against Kerala Blasters in a 5-2 win.

The 37-year-old joins the likes of Robin Singh in attack and will be expected to lead the charge again for the Goan club, for whom he made 10 appearances last season.

“I’m very happy to continue this journey with FC Goa. Last season, we had a very good campaign and fell marginally short. We want to take that extra step forward this year and go all the way,” Reinaldo said.

“With Zico coming back, there is a familiarity to the setup once again and a certain comfort level with the rest of the team. The Goan crowds were a big influence on us last year and we are relying on the same continued support this season to help us achieve us goals.”

Subhashish is a new signing, having previously plied his trade with Atletico de Kolkata in the past two editions of the Hero ISL.

He brings a wealth of experience with him and is expected to provide local boy Laxmikanth Kattimani with stiff competition for a place in between the sticks.

The 29-year-old has been capped four times by the national team and is looking to use this opportunity as a platform to regain his place.

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