Midfielder Lenny Rodrigues rejoins FC Goa

Hero Indian Super League (ISL) outfit FC Goa reported that midfielder Lenny Rodrigues has officially joined the club from fellow side ATK Mohun Bagan, the club announced through their social media handles on Tuesday. The midfielder has signed a brief contract with the Gaurs that will keep him with the team through the end of this campaign.

“I’m delighted to return to FC Goa, having played here for two and a half seasons previously. I had always felt that I had some unfinished business with the team, and hence I’m honoured to have received an opportunity once again. The prospect of performing in front of my home fans again and making them proud excites me as well,” Rodrigues said after signing on the dotted line for the Gaurs.

“With the team currently in the top-five in the league, my primary objective would be to contribute successfully to our quest of making it to the playoffs. The ultimate intention is to win the ISL Trophy with FC Goa, and we’re going to work together as a team to get there,” he further added.

Lenny Rodrigues, one of the most seasoned players in India right now, began playing football with the Fransa-Pax FC young squad in Nagoa. His first professional contract was with Salgaocar FC, and after that, he joined Churchill Brothers.

He won the Federation Cup, the Durand Cup, and the I-League three times with Churchill Brothers. Prior to being selected first overall by FC Pune City in the first Hero ISL Domestic Draft in 2014, he played for the Red Machines for six seasons.

The 35-year-old then spent time on loan with Dempo SC, Mohun Bagan, and Bengaluru FC before signing a permanent contract with the latter in 2017-18 and helping them win the Hero Super Cup and the Federation Cup for the second time.

He originally teamed up with FC Goa in 2018. The midfielder started all 45 of the Gaurs' games over the course of the following two seasons, during which they won the Super Cup once more in 2018–19 and the Hero ISL League Winners' Shield the following year. He played with Carlos Pena, the current head coach of the club, during this time.

Rodrigues left FC Goa in January 2021 to join ATK Mohun Bagan. Exactly two years later, he is back at FC Goa for a second stint. He has played for both his club and the Indian national team in close to 300 games overall.

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