HAL signed Medio Karthigayan and defender Ramesh for the 2011-12 football season. Both the players represented BEML in the last season and well-recognized in the local football scene.
Talented Karthigayan makes a re-entry to the club. After putting on the green colors for 3 seasons and helping his team to come-up to I Division, HAL team management felt his service was not needed. Karthigayan had no choice but to join BEML last season. His inclusion provides the much needed depth in the midfield position.
Kerala duo and last season’s consistent performers, goalie Pramod and defender Lilian Kenneth too were signed. Also, Gautam Debnath stays in HAL for another season.
Among the outstation players, Bhola Prasad, Biju Kumar, Ehtesham Baksh, and Praveen Kumar were signed.
HAL is in talks with a foreign striker, who is currently plying his trade in Bangladesh. “The deal is almost thru”, confirms an official.
Team has gone to play an exhibition match on Hosur today. Management is confident of completing the signing formalities in next two days time.
Players signed on Tuesday, August 23, 2011:
- Bhola Prasad (ONGC)
- Ehtesham Baksh (Mohammedan Sporting)
- Biju Kumar (Vasco)
- Praveen Kumar (Josco FC)
- Ramesh (BEML)
- Karthigayan (BEML)
- Pramod (retained)
- Lilian Kenneth (retained)
- Gautam Debnath (retained)