Saturday, June 18, 2016 Report by
ROBIN GURUNG & DEEPAK KUMAR SIGNS, PRE-SEASON SCHEDULED IN 1ST WEEK OF JULY.
• Robin Gurung the North East United Defender signed on the dotted lines for East Bengal on loan for 2016-2017. Gurung no new face in Indian football circuit, as he made his I-League debut for ONGC back in 2010. He is a specialised defender who can be drafted to side backs in need & also as a central defender ! The 23year lad from Sikkim will boost the East Bengal defense which suffered heavily last season. Robin appeared in 16 ISL games in last 2 years. He was impressive in his stint with Shillong Lajong from 2013 till date. In ISL 2014 he was a significant part of North East United team as he played 11 games, contributing 28 tackles, 29 interceptions, 46 clearances and 12 blocks.
Adding to their defense East Bengal managed to rope in Md Sporting defender Deepak Kumar for the season 2016-17. Deepak was handy for MDS squad last season. His distribution as a defender was eye catching & ability to play as left back will also be useful for East Bengal. Deepak was in CFL`S best XI last season which was adjudged by ex-players. He is a tough defender & very good in upbringing attacks.
East Bengal is planning to have a pre-season camp in kalyani in 1st week of July. As East Bengal have retained many players from last season the prime aim of coach & officials would be I-League rather than anything for the upcoming season. If sources are believed Trevor Morgan would come on 2nd July in kolkata.