Roy Krishna signs a one-year extension with ATK FC
Fijian international striker Roy Krishna has extended his contract with ATK FC till 2021, the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) champions confirmed on Friday. The star striker was in magnificent form during Hero ISL 2019-20, scoring 15 goals and providing six assists for ATK as they went on to clinch their third league title.
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I am delighted to extend the contract with my club. After a successful season winning the 2019/2020 Hero ISL Cup, I had no hesitation in choosing to remain with the Champion Team. I had a wonderful first year both on and off the field in Kolkata. Everyone who is part of the Club – from my fellow players, management and the fans – welcomed my family and I with open arms. We love being part of the culture that exists within the Club. The love and support from the fans have been especially amazing. Last season was my first experience of India and I have really enjoyed my time here, despite its distance from everything I was familiar it. Kolkata is an amazing city with lovely people, and it’s now a second home for me.” It’s exciting, and I have so much to look forward to when I return to Kolkata; training under the guidance of coach Antonio Habas and reuniting with my teammates, the merger of ATK and Mohun Bagan and of course, the opportunity to play in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup. I’m grateful and will work hard to help the Club have a successful AFC Cup outing. Hopefully the borders reopen in time for the preseason trainings. Thank you for all your well wishes and support. # Amarbukeyatk # Joymohunbagan # Eksathe
"I'm very pleased to extend my contract with my club again. After a successful season winning the 2019-20 Hero ISL, there's no question that I want to stay with the Champion team. I had a wonderful first year both on and off the field in Kolkata. Everyone including the players, management and fans made me and my family feel very welcomed. It was my first experience of India and I've really enjoyed my time away even though it's very far from familiar grounds. Kolkata is an amazing city with lovely people and it's now a second home for me," the 32-year-old striker said after signing a new one-year contract extension.
“I'm looking forward to returning to India and getting back to training under the guidance of coach (Antonio Lopez) Habas. I'm also excited to reunite with my teammates in Kolkata. I am also very excited about the merger of ATK and Mohun Bagan. Hopefully, the borders reopen in time for the pre-season trainings,” he added.
With Krishna leading ATK’s frontline last season, they finished second and scored 33 goals in the league phase. He developed a strong understanding with David Williams up front and was one of the club’s go-to players whenever the chips were down. He will want to help the three-time Hero ISL champions become the first club to successful defend their title in league history and also hope to make a splash with them in the continental competition.