Pronay Halder excited to be a Gaur once again
Making a return to FC Goa this season will be the hardened defensive midfielder Pronay Halder. After the anguish of missing out on the title with the Gaurs during the second season of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL), he plied his trade for Mumbai City FC last year helping them reach their maiden semi-final. Now back to the Goa franchise, Halder will hope to again play a pivotal role in their title charge.
As one who makes his physicality felt on the field, Halder will be one of the Gaurs’ main go-to men for breaking up crucial attacks and also initiating build-up play. The ever-alert midfielder recently chatted with indiansuperleague.com regarding the upcoming ISL season and tells us which players he’s most looking forward to playing with.
First up, how does it feel to return to FC Goa? Halder seemed happy to have the opportunity to play for the team once more. “I am feeling very good that FC Goa picked me in the ISL Draft,” he expressed before adding that the fans have been awesome in their support.
The 24-year-old was also looking forward to playing with the new foreign acquisitions, admitting that gelling with some of the big names has helped him in the learning process.
“I am very excited to play with the new foreign players. Last year, it was (Diego) Forlan, Lucian Goian and so this year too, I want to learn (from such players),” he revealed, also adding that the influence of foreign players on the ISL has been largely positive.
And not just the foreign players! Halder also revealed the names of his compatriots he was gearing up to join once again. “I am looking forward to playing with Mandar (Rao Dessai), (Laxmikant) Kattimani and Narayan (Das),” he stated.
Among the Indian players, who does Halder perceive to be the best fits for the three different football roles?
“I think Anas (Edathodika) is easily the best man in defence, while Sunil Chhetri is the best forward. And between the sticks, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu stands out for sure.”
Finally, as a player who was born and brought up in Bengal, with his professional career kickstarting with Pailan Arrows, Halder also admitted not surprisingly, “Kolkata is my favourite city to play in.”
A player who knows his role on the pitch and sticks to his duties, Pronay Halder will be seen anchoring the midfield as FC Goa look to brush away last season’s blues.