BFC extends John Johnson's contract for two more years

Johnson had signed up with the Blues since the club’s inception and went on to spend three seasons during which he won two I-League titles and one Federation Cup crown.

Johnson was named the league’s ‘Best Defender’ for the 2015-16 season   -  K. MURALI KUMAR

Bengaluru FC on Monday offered English defender John Johnson a new two-year deal that keeps him with the I-League champion till the end of the 2017-18 season.

Johnson had signed up with the Blues since the club’s inception and went on to spend three seasons during which he won two I-League titles and one Federation Cup crown.

“John Johnson has been immense for the club and has been the kind of leader who doesn’t need an armband. We are at a very crucial phase at the club and getting him on board for another two seasons puts us in a very good position.

“He is always inspiring the lads on the pitch and is a great character to have in the dressing room, needless to say he is a fan favourite,” BFC COO Mustafa Ghouse said in a statement here.

Johnson was named the league’s ‘Best Defender’ for the 2015-16 season as the Blues put behind the disappointment of being edged out by Mohun Bagan in the 2014-15 season at the death to bring back the title to Bengaluru.

Ever since his first season in India, Johnson has been on the radar of a fair number of clubs but he said signing a new deal with the Blues was one of the easier choices he has made.

“I am delighted to have signed a new contract. BFC is home to me. I have enjoyed every minute of the three seasons that I have spent here and I still feel I have a lot more to offer and achieve with this team,” he said.

“I have personally enjoyed great support from the fans and it is nice to know I will be seeing them again. It is going to be an important season ahead and I am already looking forward to it,” Johnson added.