Yumnam Raju, Sanju Pradhan head to FC Pune City

Pradhan has won two Federation Cups representing East Bengal and an ISL title with Atletico De Kolkata in 2014. Raju has won an I-League title and Federation Cup with Churchill Bros in 2011.

Sanju Pradhan (left) at the Atletico de Kolkata camp in 2014.   -  AP

Indian Super League club FC Pune City signed left back Yumnam Raju and winger Sanju Pradhan for the 2016 edition of the league.

Raju and Pradhan both played for NorthEast United FC in the last season.

FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said, “Pradhan has shone at every stage of his career and has the versatility and pace to match the best in the country; he will be a good addition to our attacking third. Whereas Raju is a solid and dependable defender. His focus and dedication is exemplary and he has a modest approach of a player who wants to give his best to the team.”

The 26-year-old Raju made his professional debut with Churchill Bros in 2011. During his stint with the Goan outfit, he won an I-League title and Federation Cup. He also scored a goal in AFC Cup match against Singapore club Home United FC.

Pradhan has won two Federation Cups representing East Bengal and an ISL title with Atletico De Kolkata in 2014. He was also part of 2012 Nehru Cup winning Indian team. From East Bengal he shifted base to Dempo and subsequently to Salgaocar. The midfield dynamo played for North East United FC in ISL last season.

Head coach Antonio Habas felt the team is shaping up well with the signings made so far.

“Raju adds teeth to the defence line. He’s strong, he’s excellent in the tackle and he’s very good technically. Pradhan on the other hand is a very talented player. He’s calm, focused and dedicated. He’s well-accepted and loved by his partners.”

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