Dhanpal Ganesh signs new three-year contract with Chennaiyin
Chennaiyin FC have announced that midfielder Dhanpal Ganesh has penned a new three-year contract with the club, which will keep him with the two-time Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) champions till May 2022.
Ganesh is a local fan-favourite and played a pivotal role in Chennaiyin’s title-winning campaign in Hero ISL 2017-18. The combative midfielder made 17 appearances for the club last season and scored two goals. A knee injury, which he sustained during pre-season, kept him on the sidelines so far this season. However, the 27-year-old is expected to play a part once the league resumes in 2019. He will also be a part of Chennaiyin's AFC Cup campaign.
“I am delighted to have renewed my contract with my home club. Chennaiyin FC have showed tremendous faith in me despite my knee injury, and I cannot wait to get back to the pitch and repay that faith. I also owe a lot of gratitude to my fans and followers, who have kept encouraging me while I continue my recuperation on the sidelines. This season has not gone to plan yet, however, we will focus ahead and aim to bounce back stronger in 2019 with plenty to play for including our historic AFC Cup campaign," Ganesh said after the deal was announced.
Chennaiyin head coach John Gregory was delighted with the development and said, "There is nothing more endearing to the fans than their local boy committing his future to the club. Ganesh is an integral part of our squad and we are eagerly awaiting his return from injury. This is the perfect New Year present. He is progressing well and is raring to go out on the pitch and continue from where he left off last season."
Chennaiyin co-owner Mrs Vita Dani also expressed her happiness with the deal and said, "We are delighted to have Ganesh as a part of the Chennaiyin family for three more years. He was instrumental in our success last season and has established himself as one of the best midfielders in India. It is unfortunate he is out with an injury currently, however, we are positive he will come back stronger and help upturn the team’s fortunes."