The defensive midfielder has over 43 appearances in the second tier of Indian football.

Gokulam Kerala FC have secured the signing of Charles Lourdusamy. The 29-year-old midfielder is a seasoned figure in the I-League. He has played for Chennai City FC in the competition before. From the 2021/22 season onwards, Lourdusamy will represent the reigning I-League champions.

“Charles Lourdusamy has signed a one-year contract with Gokulam Kerala FC,” a source close to the developments informed Khel Now. “Lourdusamy, who plays for Railways, have got the permission to represent Gokulam Kerala professionally this season,” the source added.

The former CCFC skipper was with Railways and joins Gokulam Kerala FC after getting the nod to play for them. This was a major roadblock in his signing, which was resolved smoothly. He joins the Malabarians, who are looking to bolster their squad ahead of their title defence during the next season. The 2021/22 I-League season is about to start tentatively in December 2021. Early reports suggest that the league competition will take place under a bio-bubble in Kolkata. 

Charles Lourdusamy: a midfield asset

Charles Anandraj Lourdusamy is a great addition to GKFC’s squad. The defensive midfielder is a tireless worker and provides cover to the defensive backline. As mentioned before, he has played 43 games in the I-League, recording over 3514 minutes of football. Lourdusamy made his debut for the Lions in a 0-3 defeat to Indian Arrows on 29 November 2017.

Furthermore, he has also played two games each in Durand Cup and Hero Super Cup. Moreover, he made an appearance each in the ACL qualifiers and AFC Cup. Lourdusamy will settle in easily with his new employers due to his experience and ability.

Gokulam Kerala FC’s plans

The defending champions have made a few impressive summer signings. Charles Lourdusamy is the latest arrival following the signing of Pawan Kumar. The Kerala-based outfit has also brought in Deepak Devrani and Mohamed Awal to shore up their defence. 

The gaffer Vincenzo Alberto Annese has a good eye for talent and his outfit are tough to score against. Recruitment of Lourdusamy will add an extra layer of protection and his experience will be vital to their cause. 

The 29-year-old will be the senior-most figure in his position at the club. He will certainly help the youngsters learn a few tricks of the trade.

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