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With eye on youth,PFC rope in Martins

Goan winger becomes Pune FC’s second acquisition for coming season

Pune FC have added winger Jovel Martins to their lineup. He is the second new signing of the 2013-14 season. The 22-year-old left-footed midfielder from Curtorim,South Goa joins striker Prakash Thorat as Pune FC’s two new acquisitions.

Chirag Tanna,Pune FC’s Head of Operations,said,“PFC welcomes Jovel on board. I am sure his age syncs with our objectives of building a youthful and exciting side for the season. I wish him all the best during his stint with us.” Martins said “I am excited with the opportunity to play outside Goa. I believe hard work pays and I am one who is willing to stretch the distance. I thank all at Pune FC for the trust they have in me.”

Martins began his senior professional career at Sporting Clube de Goa after spending considerable time with the Goan club as a junior. He made it to the Senior team in the 2010-11 season,when the Goans earned promotion to the I-League. After making a few appearances in his debut season,Martins broke into the starting line-up at the beginning of the 2011-12 season. A string of impressive performances on the left-flank in the early competitions leading up to the I-League helped him cement his place.

In his debut top-flight season,Martins featured 16 times to help his side finish in eighth place. The pacy winger continued to put in consistent performances in the following season (2012-13),which enabled him to regularly feature on the left-flank as an attacker or defender.

The versatile youngster is comfortable playing either as a left-winger or left-back,given his pin-point crossing and speed. Martins becomes the sixth Goan player to feature for Pune FC in the top-flight after defenders Caitano Costa (2008-Current),Selwyn Fernandes (2009-11); midfielders Godwin Franco (2009-10),Velito Cruz (2010-11) and Velington Rocha (2012-Current).

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