ATK Mohun Bagan have finalised the transfer of Asish Rai from Hyderabad FC, for an undisclosed fee, the Indian Super League clubs announced on Monday.
The 23-year-old defender has been with Hyderabad FC since the club’s first season in 2019-20, and has been an integral part of the team over the course of three seasons.
The 23-years-old full-back has been an important player for the Hyderabad FC over the last two seasons and he played a crucial role in winning them their first-ever ISL title in the 2021-22 season.
Rai started his youth career in 2017 when he joined the Pune City Academy. The fullback then joined the Indian Arrows later in November. In the 2018-19 season, he made the most of his opportunities, appearing in every game for the Indian Arrows.
Playing for Indian Arrows proved to be a watershed moment in his career, with solid performances throughout the season helping him to gain a ISL contract from Hyderabad FC ahead of the 2019-20 season.
Since joining the club, the 23-years-old full-back has appeared in 48 games, making 152 clearances and sixty-three interceptions. Though Rai didn’t have a great start to his ISL career at Hyderabad FC in his first season, he picked up after the arrival of head coach Manuel Marquez. He flourished under his guidance and became one of the best full-backs of the ISL.
With us throughout the journey!A big Thank You to the young and energetic Asish Rai for his time at Hyderabad FC…
Here’s wishing him the very best for the future… #మనహైదరాబాద్ #HyderabadFC pic.twitter.com/OrPHLwWxO6
— Hyderabad FC (@HydFCOfficial) June 20, 2022
Hyderabad FC thanked Asish Rai for his time and services to the club and wished him the best for his future.
Ashish said it was his dream to play for the Mariners and wants to make his ‘place in the hearts of the fans’.
‘I dream of making my place in hearts of the fans.’Mariners, let’s give a warm welcome to Asish Rai!#ATKMohunBagan #JoyMohunBagan #AmraSobujMaroon pic.twitter.com/xPyenD6eAC
— ATK Mohun Bagan FC (@atkmohunbaganfc) June 20, 2022
He made 48 appearances for the Nizams, starting 15 games in HFC’s recent title-clinching season, and was called up for the National Team camp after his performances in the ISL 2021-22.
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