The 25-year-old forward is keen to leave his mark on the league this season.

Striker Sumeet Passi, who made his Blue Tigers debut back in 2016, is hungry to ‘make a mark’ in the upcoming Hero I-League season and return to the India senior national team fold as he dons the RoundGlass Punjab FC colours.

“Playing for the national team is a matter of immense pride and making my India debut was a dream come true. I am dying to make a mark this season and get a place again in the senior team. I will do my best and give my all in terms of hard work. I want to score many goals and win matches for my team,” Sumeet Passi told i-league.org.

With the new season set to kick off on January 9, 2020, the side from Punjab began training earlier this month in Kolkata under head coach Curtis Fleming. The forward stated that with the action resuming after a long gap due to the lockdown, he is looking ahead and has set his sights on going all the way and lifting the Hero I-League trophy.

He said, “Training with my new team has been fantastic and our preparation is in full swing. RoundGlass Punjab have a very professional set-up and that’s why I was keen on signing with them. I want to win the league with the team and after this long break, the matches can’t come soon enough for us. I am really looking forward to the action.”

“Football has returned after a long gap and it seems like forever since we last played. I feel very lucky that the Hero I-League is being conducted under these challenging circumstances and it’s great for us players that we don’t end up losing a precious season in our careers. I would like to thank everyone who is making this possible,” the 26-year-old added.

Having completed a week of pre-season training, Passi shared his thoughts on practising under coach Fleming and stated that his team has a ‘great mixture’ of youth and experience.

“Our coach is very motivating and encouraging. He tells the younger players to go enjoy yourself on the training ground. He has a plan for the season in place and has said that all of us have to earn our place in the team.

For more updates, follow Khel Now on Twitter and join our community on Telegram.