Jobby Justin: Playing for ATK Mohun Bagan is a dream come true

Indian striker Jobby Justin, who recently signed a contract with ATK Mohun Bagan FC after a triumphant Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) campaign last season, cannot wait to don the iconic green and maroon jersey of his new team. Jobby scored one goal in 10 appearances for the erstwhile ATK FC side last season and spoke about how joining ATK Mohun Bagan is ‘a dream come true’ for him.

“As an Indian footballer, you will dream of playing in the biggest football clubs. And this season, I’ll be playing for ATK Mohun Bagan in green and maroon, so that is a dream come true. I feel I am very lucky to get this chance, I want to make it count,” Jobby said in an interview with thebridge.in.

ATK FC were among the best attacking teams in the league last season, and Jobby believes that playing in head coach Antonio Lopez Habas’ attack-minded system has helped improve his versatility. “You know, playing under Habas, with this team, it was such a learning curve. I played in different positions, down the wings, and that has added to my game,” he said.

“I didn’t get a lot of chances (last season), but I am happy that I was able to score that one goal (against FC Goa). The coach always used to motivate me and told me to be ready when my opportunity came. The last season was a stepping stone, I cannot wait for the next one to begin,” Jobby added.

After signing a two-year contract with ATK Mohun Bagan, Jobby will now be looking to impress his Spanish head coach and cement a permanent spot in the starting XI. “I hope to impress the coach in training and earn the minutes. There will be more games to play this season with the AFC Cup, and it’s an important competition for us as a club. So, I think I might be able to help the team there. I am very excited for the season to start again,” he shared.

The 26-year-old forward also reflected on what an ‘unreal’ feeling it was to lift the coveted Hero ISL trophy last season. “From the outset, our aim was to win the title. We had a strong, balanced team… we were hungry to win and our combination was also pretty good. So obviously, six-seven months later, when we actually achieved it, it felt unreal,” Jobby said.

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