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Bengaluru FC signs Halicharan Narzary

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Bengaluru FC on Wednesday announced that winger Halicharan Narzary had signed a three-year deal with the Blues.

Narzary, who joined Hyderabad FC in 2020, has previously turned out for FC Goa, NorthEast United, Kerala Blasters and Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League.

“I am excited to join Bengaluru FC, although I am sure that it will be a lot of hard work for me to take my place in the team. My target is to reach as many finals as possible and give everything I can for this badge. I have decided to move to BFC as it’s one of the best clubs in India, in my opinion, and I want to learn as much as I can from this experience,” said Narzary, after completing the formalities on his deal.

Having started his career as a teenager at Pailan Arrows in 2010, Narzary has also turned out for I-League clubs DSK Shivajians and Dempo SC. The 29-year-old represented India at the U19 and U23 levels, and has 27 caps for the Senior National Team.

“Halicharan is a hardworking and versatile player with a lot of experience in the ISL and we’re delighted to be able to sign him. He’s been a very important player in a successful period at Hyderabad FC over the last few years and adds competition for places within our team. With the amount of quality that he brings into our squad, we see him as a valuable addition,” said Blues’

boss Simon Grayson.

Narzary has 103 Indian Super League appearances across nine seasons, and claimed six assists in his most recent campaign, the second highest of any Indian. The winger was part of Hyderabad FC’s title-winning 2021-22 campaign, and was runner up in the Hero Super Cup with Chennaiyin FC in 2019.

“We’re really glad to be able to bring on board a player of Halicharan’s qualities, because we believe he can add a lot of impetus to our attack. He is someone who can play in several positions, has many years of experience at the top level, and gives us options as we look to build on a strong campaign. I’m wishing him the best as he begins his new chapter with us,” said Blues’ Director of Football, Darren Caldeira.

Narzary’s signature represents the first of Bengaluru’s incomings ahead of the new season, with the club having extended the contracts of Aussie defender Aleksandar Jovanovic and midfielder Suresh Wangjam.

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