Fijian wonder-boy Roy Krishna has officially announced the extension of his contract with the newly merged Hero Indian Super League (ISL) club ATK Mohun Bagan.
The Vodafone Bula Boys captain, who was the league’s joint top scorer for the 2019/2020, remain in the ISL until the conclusion of the 2020/21 season.
The star Fijian forward also captained the ATK side in his first season with the club on numerous occassions, including in the final where ATK clinched a record third Hero ISL title.
Krishna is already looking forward to head back to India after a successful first season.
“I am delighted to extend the contract with my club. After a successful season winning the 2019/2020 Hero ISL Cup, I had no hesitation is choosing to remain with the Champion Team,” Krishna said in a press statement.
“I had a wonderful first year both on and off the field in Kolkata. Everyone who is part of the Club – from my fellow players, management and the fans – welcomed my family and I feel with open arms.
“We love being part of the culture that exists within the Club. The love and support from the fans has been especially amazing.”
Krishna added: “Last season was my first experience of India and I have really enjoyed my time here, despite its distance from everything I was familiar it. Kolkata is an amazing city with lovely people and it’s now a second home for me.”
“It’s exciting and I have so much to look forward to when I return to Kolkata; training under the guidance of coach Antonio Habas and reuniting with my teammates, the merger of ATK and Mohun Bagan and of course, the opportunity to play in the Asian Football Confederaton (AFC) Cup. I’m grateful and will work hard to help the Club have a successful AFC Cup outing.”
Krishna’s manager Rex Dawkins, speaking from New Zealand, was also excited for the forward’s future: “Even though Roy needed to explore other opportunities, ATK was always going to be his first choice.
During last season, ATK always honoured their commitments both on and off the field, allowing Roy to focus on giving his best for the Club. This is clearly reflected in his performance and the leadership responsibilities he had on their way to another Hero ISL title”.
He is expected to join the club for pre-season in October as the new ISL season is likely to kick-off in November.
Krishna is hopeful that border restrictions ease and travel can resume safely in time for the preseason training.