Spanish forward David Grande signs for Jamshedpur

Jamshedpur FC have announced the signing of Spanish forward David Grande for the remainder of the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2019-20 season. Grande joins the Antonio Iriondo-coached club from Segunda B Division outfit, Unionistas de Salamanca, for whom he scored nine goals in 18 appearances in the ongoing season.

Grande began his career with Albacete in the 2012-13 campaign. The subsequent term, he joined Getafe CF B and made his debut for the club on August 2013. Three games into his new adventure, the forward opened his account for the club as he scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Real Madrid C. He finished the season with four goals from 21 appearances.

He later went on to represent several Spanish clubs like Algeciras CF, CD Lealtad, Villarrubia CF and others before signing for Salamanca in 2019. According to a release published by the club, the Spaniard has scored 41 goals in 141 appearances in the Segunda B Division since making his debut.

“It’s a massive opportunity for me to play at such an important club in India. I have been given an objective by the head coach to help the team get into the top four and qualify for the semis. This is our priority and I hope to help the team get there,” Grande told the official Jamshedpur website after putting pen to paper.

The forward also had warm words for Iriondo and stated, “I am happy to play under Antonio Iriondo, who is a renowned coach in Spain. I love Jamshedpur FC players under his philosophy and I hope we can get some wins for the fans.”

The Jamshedpur head coach was equally pleased with Grande’s arrival and stated, “We evaluated our squad after the first half of our season and we have been struggling with injuries to some foreign players. Signing a player like David Grande helps us to add depth to the squad as well as more goals. He’s a mature and proven player with a good left foot, and we think he will combine with our attack line quite well.”

Grande will be available for selection for the match against Bengaluru FC on January 9.

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