Left-back Sanson Pereira extends contract with FC Goa

Sanson Pereira, who started all six games for the Gaurs in AFC Champions League, has penned a new contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2024.

Sanson Pereira during a training session with FC Goa; Credit: FC Goa
By Karthik Raman | Jul 22, 2021 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

FC Goa have agreed to a contract extension with full-back Sanson Pereira that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2024. The 23-year-old left-back joined the Gaurs last season, impressing in his debut campaign during the latter stages of the 2020/21 season. Over the campaign, Sanson made a total of 10 appearances in the Orange of FC Goa. He also holds the distinction of being the only player to start all six games of the club’s maiden voyage into continental competition in the AFC Champions League. The youngster played a major role in helping the Gaurs finish third on the table in their AFC Champions League group.

Speaking about the extension, Sanson Pereira said, “I’ve grown a lot in only a season with this club, both on and off the pitch. Playing with some of the best players in the country and working under a tremendous coach in Juan Ferrando has helped me to find a new dimension within me. There is certainly more that I feel I can do here at FC Goa to help the team. I will look to make a bigger impact on the team in the coming years to help the side achieve its goals.”

Head coach Juan Ferrando on Sanson Pereira

Meanwhile, head coach Juan Ferrando is understandably “delighted” at Sanson Pereira extending his stay with the club. He said, “We are delighted at being able to extend Sanson’s deal. He has really impressed in his first season with the club. He has improved throughout the course of the season and found his stride in the AFC Champions League. He is a thorough professional, who had a great attitude throughout the campaign.”

“He wants to learn and be better each day. He came into the team at a crucial point in the season, in the AFC Champions League and showed an assurance and calmness that we normally relate with veterans. I look forward to seeing Sanson take it up another level next season.”

Others who extended their contracts

Sanson Pereira is the third player to sign a contract extension in 2021, joining Brandon Fernandes and Glan Martins in lengthening their stay with the Gaurs. Recently, Martins has signed a new three-year contract at FC Goa following his impressive debut season in the Indian Super League last time around. The new deal will see the Indian international wear the orange jersey till the summer of 2024.

“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. “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.”

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