The 33-year-old scored 14 goals for the Mariners last season.
After a brief period of uncertainty, Indian Super League (ISL) outfit ATK Mohun Bagan have officially confirmed the contract extension of Roy Krishna till 2022. The Fijian international was one of their best players in the 2020-21 season and also their top scorer.
“Good Morning, Mariners! (Here’s) The news that you all are waiting for – Roy stays in the City of Joy!” the club announced on Thursday, July 29. Incidentally, the day is also being celebrated as ‘Mohun Bagan Day’, in honour of the their victory over the East Yorkshire Regiment in the 1911 IFA Shield Final.
Roy Krishna’s career so far
Krishna kick-started his professional football career in Fiji before shifting base to New Zealand. After stints at Waitakere United and Auckland City, he joined Wellington Phoenix in the A-League.
The striker did exceedingly well for the Phoenix in 2018-19, ending the season as the league’s top goalscorer. The following year, he made his debut appearance in the ISL with ATK, concluding the season as their top scorer. ATK also won the league that season. In 2020, they merged with Mohun Bagan to form ‘ATK Mohun Bagan,’ who played in ISL 2020-21.
Once again, Roy Krishna was in the thick of things, leading them to the final, where they surrendered to Mumbai City. Despite that, he was adjudged ‘Hero of the League’ after a stellar season.
Overall, the 33-year-old has clocked 3896 minutes across 44 ISL games, registering 29 goals and 14 assists.
ATK Mohun Bagan’s pre-season preparations
While other Indian Super League teams have plenty of time till the start of the new season, ATKMB’s season begins next month. They have been placed alongside Maziya S&RC and Bashundhara Kings in Group D of AFC Cup 2021. The winner of the upcoming Bengaluru FC – Club Eagles playoff match will also join them in the same group.
The Mariners have already completed the signings of Amrinder Singh, Liston Colaco, Joni Kauko, Deepak Tangri, Ashutosh Mehta, Hugo Boumous and Bidyananda Singh. Apart from Krishna, Carl McHugh and David Williams have been handed contract extensions.