Hero ISL: Defender Prateek Choudhary returns to Jamshedpur FC

The centre-back has made a mark as a rock-solid defender in his 76 appearances in the Hero ISL. Born in Mumbai, Chaudhary started his football career playing for Bank of India and then Union Bank of India. He soon joined I-League side Air India in 2011.

He made his Hero ISL debut with Kerela Blasters FC while playing for I-League club Mumbai FC. He then joined Delhi Dynamos in 2017-18. and later in 2018 Jamshedpur FC.

He played a big role in the 2018–19 season, where Jamshedpur FC finished 5th, missing out on a place in the semi-finals. He joined Mumbai City FC in 2019-20 and then Bengaluru FC in 2020 where he spent two seasons.

Eddie Boothride welcomed Prateek into the team and said, “Pratik’s return to Jamshedpur is a real boon for the team’s defence. He is one of the best Indian defenders with strong physical presence. A player like Prateek brings stability to the team along with his leadership qualities. A steady and steady defense wins the title and Prateek is here to do that. I am thrilled to be working with him.”

Prateek Choudhary will wear the number 24 jersey and join the team in Jamshedpur for the pre-season in mid-August. Jamshedpur FC added Prateek Choudhary to strengthen their defense as the club continued to build the team for the upcoming Hero Indian Super League (ISL) season. , The 32-year-old defender was part of the Red Minors in 2018-19 and returned to Furnace after three seasons.

Choudhary, who spent the last two seasons at Bengaluru FC, expressed his excitement over his return to Jamshedpur FC.

“It was an obvious choice for me. I feel nostalgic to be back home in the wonderful city of Jamshedpur. It has a vast football legacy, with the fussy Red Miners supporting the team through thick and thin I look forward to the added responsibility of defending the League Winners Shield and adding more. I look forward to working alongside my teammates and staff as the new gaffer under the guidance of Eddie Boothroyd,” said Choudhury.

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