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Goalkeeper Vishal Kaith completes move to ATK Mohun Bagan

Published at :June 23, 2022 at 5:57 AM
Modified at :December 13, 2023 at 1:01 PM
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The 25-year-old has penned a three-year contract with the Mariners.

Goalkeeper Vishal Kaith has signed for ATK Mohun Bagan after leaving Chennaiyin FC, Khel Now can confirm. The 25-year-old will join the Mariners on a multi-year deal.

"Vishal Kaith is joining ATK Mohun Bagan," a source close to the developments informed Khel Now. "He has signed a three-year contract with them," the source added.

Kaith will join Amrinder Singh as two of the three first-team goalkeepers at ATK Mohun Bagan. Although, there remains uncertainty as to who will be Juan Ferrando's No.1 next season.

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A source informed that Singh, who signed a five-year contract last year, might be asked to start looking for a new club. However, another source close to Singh's representatives countered that the 29-year-old will remain at the club.

About the Player

Kaith, who hails from Rohru in Himachal Pradesh, is a product of the AIFF Elite Academy where he spent three years between 2011 and 2014. He then joined Shillong Lajong at 18 and made a name for himself as one of the budding young goalkeepers. While still at Lajong, Kaith had a loan spell at the now-disbanded FC Pune City during ISL 2016.

Eventually, the move became permanent and he went on to play a stellar role in Pune City reaching the playoffs in ISL 2017-18. The 6'2 goalkeeper kept seven clean-sheets in 17 appearances that season.

He also played the following season with the Stallions before making a move to Chennaiyin FC ahead of ISL 2019-20. With the Marina Machans, Kaith played the ISL final in his debut season at the club and kept four clean-sheets as Owen Coyle's Chennaiyin FC finished runners-up following a defeat to ATK Mohun Bagan in the final.

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Vishal Kaith made a total of 49 appearances for Chennaiyin across three seasons, keeping 12 clean-sheets. Overall, has played 70 ISL matches and has a save percentage of 63.83%.

Kaith is also an Indian international and was part of the 2018 SAFF Championship team that finished runners-up. India has send their U23 team that year. Having come through the youth ranks, he has represented the national side on four occasions.


ATK Mohun Bagan's preparations for ISL 2022/23

The club have already announced the arrivals of Asish Rai, Ashique Kuruniyan and Lalrinliana Hnamte. ATKMB have also extended the contracts of Kiyan Nassiri, Ravi Rana and Carl McHugh.

There have also been a host of departures from the club with Roy Krishna and David Williams, the headliners. Prabir Das, SK Sahil, Michael Soosairaj, Bidyananda Singh and veteran goalkeeper Subrata Pal have all bid adieu to the club. Among these, David Williams, Prabir Das and Michael Soosairaj have already signed for fellow ISL clubs.

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