Hyderabad youngsters Asish Rai and Mohammad Yasir sign contract extensions
Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) newcomers Hyderabad FC have announced contract extensions of two of their young players, Mohammad Yasir and Asish Rai. Both players have been key to the Hyderabad-based outfit, in an otherwise disappointing 2019-20 season. Albert Roca, who will take over the reins from next season, has been quick to tie down the two youngsters till 2023, having already brought in Liston Colaco and Souvik Chakrabarti from FC Goa and Mumbai City FC, respectively.
Yasir, a versatile midfielder, initially joined FC Goa for the 2017-18 season, but made his professional debut last term, playing only one match for the now-defunct FC Pune City. This season, the 21-year-old has made 22 tackles, 16 interceptions and 14 clearances from the middle of the park.
On signing the contract extension, he said, “It means everything to me to sign a new contract with this club. It's a proud day for me and my family. I'm thankful to the club management who have always had faith in me, and I look forward to the coming seasons. The hard work is only just starting, and I want to do my best to contribute as much as I can to help the club in the coming times.”
Having joined the Hyderabad club from Indian Arrows, young Asish has quickly established himself as a key part of the side. He will hope to seal his place in the team, having made 53 clearances and 12 interceptions for Hyderabad this season. On extending his contract till 2023, he said, “I'm delighted to be staying at this club for another 3 years. I want to thank my family and coaches who have helped me reach here. I can't wait to start working with coach Albert Roca for next season.”
“I am very happy that these two talented and dedicated youngsters, Yasir and Asish have committed their long-term future here at Hyderabad FC. They have done well for the club this season and given their potential, I am sure they will improve more and help us to achieve our targets in the coming season”, commented the former Bengaluru FC head coach, Roca.