Odisha FC have acquired the services of Odia talent Tankadhar Bag on a two and a half year deal, with an option of extension. The club announced the signing via their social media handles, on Saturday.

Tankadhar hails from Odisha’s (state) football academy: Sports Hostel Odisha. The youngster plays as a right-back. Apart from his natural position, the defender is also capable of handling a central defensive role.

In the 2019-20 season, Bag joined the Indian Arrows. He was promoted to the senior Indian Arrows side and dished out back to back impressive performances. The past year he also featured for the national team in the SAFF U-20 Championship and even scored a goal in India’s 8-0 triumph over Nepal.

Tankadhar will spend his initial months getting to know the first team system and will be inducted into Odisha FC’s reserve team. He will then join the first team’s pre-season ahead of the 2023-24 campaign. The club’s philosophy to provide a platform for young Odia talent is resolute.