ISL 2022-23: Roy Krishna joins Bengaluru FC after leaving ATK Mohun Bagan

The fourth-highest goal scorer in the history of the ISL, Krishna is expected to pair up with Sunil Chhetri in the attacking front.

Published : Jul 18, 2022 16:43 IST

Roy Krishna in action for ATK Mohun Bagan in the Indian Super League.
Roy Krishna in action for ATK Mohun Bagan in the Indian Super League. | Photo Credit: SPORTZPICS

Roy Krishna in action for ATK Mohun Bagan in the Indian Super League. | Photo Credit: SPORTZPICS

Bengaluru FC has added more firepower to their frontline by acquiring the services of Fiji international striker Roy Krishna, with the 34-year-old putting pen to paper on a two-year deal, the second of which is an optional extension, the club announced on Monday.

Krishna, who captains Fiji and has the most goals and appearances for his country, has previously turned out for ATK FC and ATK Mohun Bagan in the Indian Super League.

“I’m really excited to join Bengaluru FC. I had conversations with the coach (Simon Grayson) when I was in the early stages of negotiations and he really convinced me that I would have an impact at the club. I’ve always admired the way Bengaluru played and organized itself over the years that I’ve played in India,” said Krishna following the completion of formalities on his deal.

After beginning his career with local side Labasa as a teenager, Krishna made his first move abroad in 2008, joining New Zealand Football Championship side Waitakere United. In his six seasons with Waitakere, Krishna scored 55 goals in 75 appearances and picked up the NZFC Golden Boot in 2012-13.

Following a short stint at Auckland City, where he became the first Fijian to score at the finals of a FIFA tournament by netting against Raja Casablanca in a playoff of the FIFA Club World Cup, Krishna moved again, this time to Australia where he joined Wellington Phoenix.

“When we played against Bengaluru FC, they have always been a tough opponent and we knew it wouldn’t be a walk in the park. We had a different strategy when taking on BFC. From the start, I had a good impression of the club, but it took some time to finalize the move as I had to factor in my family. I’m really pleased with how well things have worked so far, and I’m glad that I don’t have to worry about taking on Bengaluru FC as an opponent, and that I get to be part of the BFC legacy,” added Krishna.

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