This club feels like home: Parthib Gogoi on extending contract with NorthEast United FC
NorthEast United FC midfielder Parthib Gogoi has inked a four-year contract extension on Monday, solidifying his commitment to the Guwahati-based team until 2027.
NorthEast United FC midfielder Parthib Gogoi has inked a four-year contract extension on Monday, solidifying his commitment to the Guwahati-based team until 2027. Gogoi, who joined NorthEast United FC from I-League's Indian Arrows just last year, enjoyed a stellar debut Indian Super League (ISL) campaign during the 2022-23 season, with three goals and an assist to his name.
Deeply honoured & thrilled to continue my journey with @neutdfc. This club has become my second home. I'm grateful for the opportunities it has provided me & I'm eager to contribute more to the team & make our fans proud. pic.twitter.com/ghaTfI855Q— Parthib Gogoi (@parthib_gogoi) October 16, 2023
In the current ISL 2023-24 season, Gogoi is ascending to new heights. The Assam-born player has already notched three goals in as many games, showcasing his prowess. NorthEast United currently stands in fifth place on the table with 4 points, suffering only one defeat, which was against the defending League Shield winners, Mumbai City FC. Gogoi has contributed three of the team's five goals, establishing himself as a vital player under the guidance of head coach Juan Pedro Benali.
While the previous season provided glimpses of Gogoi's brilliance, the ongoing season is where his potential truly shines. Since Benali took charge of NorthEast United FC before the 2022-23 season, Gogoi has been playing with greater freedom. He began the season in style, securing his first hat-trick for the club against Shillong Lajong FC in their Durand Cup opener. Gogoi played an instrumental role in helping the Highlanders reach the semi-finals.
This season, Gogoi has consistently wowed fans with spectacular long-range strikes. All of his goals have come from outside the penalty box, showcasing remarkable shooting ability and consistency. Gogoi has currently become NorthEast United FC's go-to player.
Reflecting on his contract extension with the Highlanders, Gogoi expressed his emotions, saying, "Every time I step on the field, it gives me goosebumps. I will never forget my first professional goal in the ISL against Mumbai City FC. From there to my first senior hat-trick against Shillong Lajong, scoring these goals here has been a privilege. Now, it's time to start a new chapter."
Hailing from the small town of Sivasagar in Assam, Gogoi is one of the few ISL players representing his home state. The 20-year-old has garnered immense support from NorthEast United FC fans since his arrival and has formed a strong bond with the home crowd. "This club feels like home. I can't imagine being anywhere else. Let's make the next chapter legendary," Gogoi remarked.
Gogoi has not only fulfilled his dream of playing in the ISL but has also reunited with his elder brother Pragyan, who has been part of NorthEast United FC since 2020. He expressed his gratitude toward the club for making it possible to play alongside his brother and fulfill his parents' dream. "My parents dreamt about us playing together. NorthEast United FC made it happen last year," he stated.