Chennaiyin FC made its eighth signing ahead of the new Indian Super League (ISL) in the form of goalkeeper Vishal Kaith on Saturday from Hyderabad FC, previously known as FC Pune City.
"A new chapter awaits in my career, with a champion club in Chennaiyin FC. I am looking forward to helping the club win more trophies in the years to come. I believe in the coach's (John Gregory's) plans and I am certain Chennaiyin is the right destination for me to take my game and career to the next level," said a determined Kaith, who is currently in Goa with the Indian senior team ahead of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Head coach John Gregory was excited with the new signing. "In Vishal (Kaith), we're adding a top modern-day goalkeeper to our ranks. He possesses all the qualities and potential to excel at the highest level. With his natural ability and quick reflexes, I am certain Vishal (Kaith) will provide healthy competition in our goalkeeping department as we collectively work towards achieving success in the coming campaign."
Kaith, who hails from Rohru town in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, was initially spotted by the state-level football setup. The 23-year-old was then nurtured by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Elite Academy from 2011 to 2014. The 6’2" goalkeeper later joined I-League outfit Shillong Lajong and played there for three subsequent seasons, making a name for himself as a budding young custodian. During his Lajong tenure, he also had a loan spell at Pune City for the 2016 ISL campaign.
Kaith subsequently made his move to Pune City permanent, and was instrumental in FCPC reaching the 2017-18 ISL semifinals, contributing seven clean sheets in 17 appearances that season.
Kaith will join up with the squad in Ahmedabad for pre-season after the World Cup qualifiers.