FC Goa’s midfielder Glan Martins has signed a fresh three-year contract with the club. The new contract will keep Martins with the Gaurs till 2024. Martins started his football journey with Sporting Clube de Goa and Churchill Brothers. Subsequently, the 26-year old was signed by ATK Mohun Bagan for Hero Indian Super League 2020-21 season.
However, as he didn’t receive a lot of opportunities with the Mariners, Martins made a move to FC Goa during the January transfer window. Martins was able to grab his opportunity with both hands with the Gaurs and played a key role in taking the club to the semi final stages. Subsequently, he also played in the AFC Champions League as FC Goa finished at the third place in the Group stage.
After making a move from ATK Mohun Bagan in January, Martins had started in 12 out of 14 matches for the Gaurs and he has done a fine job in the central midfield.
Subsequently, Martins also received a maiden national call-up and started in all of India’s World Cup’s qualifiers in the three matches against Oman, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
“It’s really exciting for me and my family to sign this three-year deal with the club,” Martins told the official FC Goa website after putting pen to paper until at least 2024.
“I’ve grown so much here at this club in a very short time, both on and off the pitch. I would like to think that I am now more aware of what is expected of me, I know what I need to bring to the table.
“I feel like I’m in a position now where I’m finally starting to realise my potential and give my all for the cause. “There is more that I can do here at FC Goa to help the team. I want to play in the Champions League again. I want to win trophies here, not only for the club and the team, but also for the amazing people of Goa. I’m really excited to see what we can go on and achieve in the coming years.”
Head coach Juan Ferrando expressed his happiness about Glan’s new contract.
“The first thing I remember when anyone tells me about Glan is the first time [when] he came to training. I could feel that he was really hungry. He wanted to play, to participate. He wanted to get in and make a difference. That’s something I really value – someone who has the drive and has character to take decisions on the field,” he said. “I am so happy to have him now back in the team for the long run. He is a real professional who improves our team.”