Chennai City FC secures long-term services of four midfielders

M. Soosai Raj, Edwin Sydney Vanspaul, S. Nandha Kumar and A. Beautin have been given their first professional contracts and it is understood the minimum tenure will be three years.

(From left) Soosairaj, Edwin Sydney Vanspaul, S. Nandha Kumar and Beautin, the players who signed long-term contracts with Chennai City FC.   -  K. V. Srinivasan

On the back of a big win against East Bengal, Chennai City FC on Wednesday signed long-term contracts with four promising attacking midfielders from its squad. The four, M. Soosai Raj, Edwin Sydney Vanspaul, S. Nandha Kumar and A. Beautin have been given their first professional contracts and it is understood the minimum tenure will be three years.

Speaking about the new contracts that will come into effect from June 1, co-owner Rohit Ramesh said, “With the two-week break in the I-League, we decided it is the right time to plan for the future. We have identified these four players as the ones with big potential and want to have a core group of players around which the team can be built.”

Rohit added, “with these first set of professional contracts, we hope it will inspire other youngsters from Tamil Nadu.” The team management also confirmed it is in talks with a couple of European clubs for tie-ups that could possibly involve exposure trips for City players.

Soosai Raj, Edwin and Nandha Kumar have played in the I-League this season. For Beautin, it will be a step-up from the CFA senior division league. Nandha Kumar has impressed in the wings for City and has been a regular in coach V. Soundararajan’s side in the I-League. The diminutive winger scored the equaliser against East Bengal on Sunday.

The players expressed happiness and delight in signing professional contracts and said the security it provides will help them focus on their game.