Indian Super League franchise FC Pune City signed English footballer Matthew Mills to strengthen its defence ahead of the 2018-19 season.

“Matthew comes with a lot of experience having played so many seasons in England. That’s a big boost for our existing team and especially for young players in the team. His presence at the back should make an impact and add to our strength,” said Gaurav Modwel, CEO, FC Pune City.

Mills started his career with Swindon Town. He moved to Southampton in 2003. The high point came in 2006 when he signed a contract with Manchester City and made his debut against Chelsea.

He has also appeared for Leicester City and Bolton Wanderers.

“As a footballer, it becomes important to join a club that has a vision and is professional. And that’s exactly what came across while I was discussing my role with the FC Pune City. The club’s ambition to reach new heights maintaining a healthy balance between young and experienced players is a refreshing and exciting prospect,” said Mills.

Head coach Miguel Angel Portugal said, “Matthew is a player of great calibre and with his experience, he adds a lot of value to our defence line. He will bring a lot of leadership in our backline and gives options to the team since it’s going to be a long season this time around.”