Last Updated: February 03, 2023, 00:55 IST
Indian Super League (ISL) membership FC Goa on Thursday confirmed the signing of defender Nikhil Prabhu.
The defender agreed to a one-and-a-half-year take care of the Gaurs, who will symbolize and put on its orange colors till the summer time of 2024.
“I’m delighted to hitch FC Goa, a Club that I’ve all the time admired. I’ve all the time discovered Goa’s fashion of play distinctive. As a younger defender, I wish to hold growing my recreation constantly, and I’m conscious of how FC Goa supply children like me ample alternatives to thrive. Hence, after I came upon that the Club have been in me, it was a no brainer to say sure,” Prabhu said, after signing on the dotted line with the Gaurs.
“Coming from a different system, I want to absorb as much as possible at FC Goa through sessions with my coaches and teammates in order to adapt to the FC Goa way of play as quickly as possible. I would be putting in my 100% to reach this target and be available for my team whenever called upon. I aim to help the club finish in the top-six and hopefully go all the way from there,” he added.
Ravi Puskur, FC Goa’s Director of Football additionally expressed his ideas on Nikhil Prabhu’s signing.
“We’re happy to have gotten Nikhil on board. He’s a promising, younger centre-back who’s comfy on the ball and that’s one thing we all the time search for in the skill-set of our defenders. He’s received an amazing alternative to try to set up himself in the FC Goa setup and it’s upon the participant now to take this opportunity and work his manner into the coach’s plans,” he said.
Hailing from Maharashtra, Nikhil Prabhu began his footballing career by creating a good impression with the Mumbai FC and Thane FC junior teams. In 2018, he joined the now-defunct Pune City FC’s U18 side. When the franchise shifted base to Hyderabad FC the following year, he was among the players that also joined the new team.
In the 2019-20 season, the 22-year-old made his debut for the Nizams’ Reserves Team in the I-League Second Division, also scoring his maiden goal for the club in the same match against Chennaiyin FC reserves. Two seasons later, he moved to Odisha FC on loan, making his ISL debut in a goalless draw against ATK Mohun Bagan.
Earlier this year, the Juggernauts signed Prabhu on a permanent basis, and he starred in their wins over East Bengal FC and NorthEast United FC in the ongoing 2022-23 league season. In a short time frame itself, the youngster has shown promise and will look to impress as he now joins the Gaurs.
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