Striker Curtis Main revealed that Indian Super League (ISL) side Bengaluru FC ticked all the boxes while exploring different options about his next club during the summer.

The English striker penned a one-year deal with the Blues in July with a further option to extend. Main spent the majority of his career in English football, playing for clubs in Scotland and England. He last plied his trade for St Mirren FC in the Scottish Premier League and his journey with Bengaluru FC will be the first one for him outside Europe.  

The 31-year-old forward mentioned that he wanted to explore a new challenge abroad and that Bengaluru FC felt like the right fit. 

"The opportunity to play in a different country has always been an ambition of mine and something I’ve been really keen to experience and learn from," Main was quoted as saying by Deccan Herald. 

"After speaking to numerous clubs around the world and considering all factors, Bengaluru FC stood out. From the positive conversations I had with the manager and the club, and the passion of the fan base, the club as a whole felt like a great fit and somewhere I hope to achieve great things. The culture and the connection between club and supporters is another part of wanting to join this great football club."


Bengaluru FC’s attacking roster for the 2023-24 season also includes the likes of Sunil Chhetri and Sivasakthi Naryanan, who were instrumental for BFC last season. The side reached three finals and emerged winners in the 2022 Durand Cup in the previous campaign. 

Chhetri struggled for game time last season, but chipped in with goals at crucial moments for Bengaluru FC. He netted five goals last season in the ISL. Meanwhile, young Narayanan enjoyed a breakthrough campaign, contributing six goals and three assists. Main expressed his admiration for Chhetri besides his excitement of playing with the duo.

"I've heard a lot of great things about Sunil and I admire anyone that dedicates himself to his profession, playing top level and international football even in the later stages of his career shows just how much desire he has to succeed and that is a mentality we both share," said Main.

He added: "I'm really looking forward to working with Sivasakthi and hopefully developing a lot of the young talent within the club," 

Main will have big shoes to fill after the departure of Roy Krishna. The Englishman will have to adapt quickly to a new league and a new environment, but made it clear that he is here to win titles. 

"I want to win trophies and the fans can expect nothing less than 110% from me,” he stated.