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Pune FC sign up Portsmouth academy defender Calum Angus

Pune FC sign up Portsmouth academy defender Calum Angus

Pune FC finished as runners-up in the I-League last season.

Pune: Pune FC have signed former Portsmouth FC academy defender Calum Angus for the upcoming 2013-14 I-League season, the club announced on Wednesday.

The Englishman, a 6-foot tall 27-year-old central defender, joined the I-League runners-up side after spending four years at Swedish side Gothenburg Athletics and Sports Association, popularly known as GAIS.

"Mike (coach) has spent a lot of time analysing videos of Calum and we are very pleased to have Calum sign with us. He comes with a lot of experience and should bolster our back line," said Pune FC head of operations Chirag Tanna.

"I'm happy to be here. The emphasis of Pune FC is on the youth system and it's very interesting. They want to bring young players into the main team and it is very exciting," said the player.

"I spoke to the coach (Mike Snoei) and he is very positive about the team. We've got good young players and so the coach was interested in me to come here and hand over some experience to the youngsters," he added.

Calum's inclusion makes him the second foreign player signed by Pune FC in this transfer window after Spanish-born striker Raul Fabiani. Both join playmaker Douhou Pierre to fill up three of the four foreign slots for this season.

Calum is also the fourth foreign defender in the I-League era for Pune FC, after Sergey Tokov (Uzbekistan; 2009-10), Chika Wali (Nigeria; 2009-10 and 2011-13) and Lamine Tamba (Senegal; 2010-11).

first published:August 07, 2013, 20:08 IST