The club is expected to sign a new defender soon.

Jamshedpur FC’s all-time best defender Peter Hartley has taken a shocking exit from the team, Khel Now can confirm. The player will no longer be a part of the Men of Steel in the ongoing ISL 2022-23 season. He was a vital presence in the back and helped the team earn its first silverware in the history of the league in 2021.

The club has identified a replacement for Peter and he’ll be in India soon, a source close to the development has informed Khel Now.

Career in Jamshedpur FC

After concluding a splendid career in Motherwell FC, Peter Hartley landed in India to join Jamshedpur FC in the 2020-21 season. He was former JFC boss Owen Coyle’s most trusted player in the back and was named the captain of the club in his debut ISL season.

Peter had an instant impact at Jamshedpur FC when he began his debut campaign for the Men of Steel. He played a dominant role in holding the backline together and proved a savior for the club on several occasions. Apart from impressive defensive stats, Peter at times moved forward to score crucial goals for Jamshedpur FC. The defender netted two goals in 19 games in ISL 2020-21 along with some impressive defensive stats to his name.

Peter along with his defensive partner Stephen Eze turned out to be a fierce combo who enjoyed nine clean-sheets in the former’s introductory season. His team missed the playoff spot by a fraction of a point in that season.

Peter Hartley and his boys made a statement with a brilliant comeback in the 2021-22 ISL season by claiming the prestigious ISL Shield. It still stands as the club’s prime achievement and silverware. His team acquired a whopping 43 points to claim the accolade.

The ongoing 2022-23 season proved a bitter experience for the stalwart as Jamshedpur is struggling with just four points to their name in nine games. The Men of Steel currently sit in the 10th position with just NorthEast United behind them.

To add spice to the matter, Hartley recently received a red card in the ATK Mohun Bagan game for his violent conduct on Kiyan Nassiri in the 88th minute. He left the pitch before completing the 90-minute mark following a suspension in his final match for the club.

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