Transfer wrap: Greg Stewart bids farewell to Jamshedpur FC, Odisha FC sign Victor Rodriguez

Greg Stewart who won the Hero of the League award for his performances in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 season has decided to bring down the curtains on his time at Jamshedpur FC after one glorious season.

The club confirmed the development on their social media handles on Tuesday evening.

“Thank you Greg Stewart for your immense contribution to the Men of Steel and your ever-lasting presence on the pitch which got us one step closer to creating history. We wish you the very best for your journey ahead,” read the club’s statement.

The Scottish forward delivered one of the best individual performances in the history of the competition as he led Jamshedpur FC to the League Winners’ Shield with his silky skills, expert set-piece deliveries and lethal finishing.

Stewart was directly involved in 20 (10 strikes and 10 assists) out of the 43 registered by the Men of Steel this season. In addition to that, he produced 61 shots and 73 crosses, with an average of over 40 passes per match throughout the season.

Jamshedpur FC will have a big void to fill following Stewart’s departure and it will be one of the first tasks that new head coach Aidy Boothroyd will have to undertake.

Odisha FC make final foreign signing

Odisha FC who have been busy in the transfer market have made their final foreign signing as they acquired the services of Spanish midfielder Victor Rodriguez Romero.

The attacking midfielder joins from Spanish side Elche and comes with the experience of playing in LaLiga for five seasons in his career.

He has made 143 appearances in the Spanish top-flight playing for Elche, Sporting Gijon, Getafe and Zaragoza.

The midfielder also has experience of playing in the Major League Soccer (MLS) for the Seattle Sounders and was adjudged the MVP of the MLS Cup final in 2019 which the Sounders won by beating Toronto FC.

Rodriguez is Odisha FC’s fourth Spanish player and will look to help head coach Josep Gombau instil his philosophy into the team.

The Juggernauts have made a real statement of intent in the transfer market by securing their players early and will be hoping to reach the semi-finals for the first time in their history.

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