The 28-year-old put pen to paper on a one-year deal.

The scorer of the winning penalty in the 2021-22 Indian Super League final, Halicharan Narzary has signed a new contract with Hyderabad FC, the club announced on Tuesday.

“I am super excited to extend my stay with this wonderful club,” said Narzary after penning his new deal that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2022-23 season. “I am thrilled to be a part of this group again and I cannot wait for the new season to get started,” he added.

The 28-year-old is one of the most experienced wingers in the country with 84 appearances to his name in the ISL. He joined Hyderabad FC back in 2020 and has since been a trusted name on the team sheet for Manolo Marquez. Narzary played every game in his first season at the club and scored important goals that almost took HFC over the line.

Last season, he picked up an injury in the first game of the season and missed a few months of action. But Manolo kept his trust in the winger as Narzary fought back from injury, and helped the team in the final games of the league stage, before scoring the all-important penalty in the ISL final that made Hyderabad the Champions of India.

This trust from Manolo and the togetherness of the players made Narzary’s decision to stay easier, says the Kokrajhar-born speedster.

“Coach Manolo definitely played a big role in extending my stay at the club. I love to play under him and hope to learn under his guidance for years to come,” he said. “Also, the squad at the club is like a family. We have been together for more than two years now and as a group, we are friendly and helpful. This gives us a special bond that I really want to be a part of,” Narzary added.

The 28-year-old has played league games all over the country and also has 27 appearances for the National Team. But he is excited to play in front of a packed Gachibowli Stadium next season.

Speaking to the fans, Halicharan Narzary said, “For us, it was a really tough season without the fans. But the motivation we receive from you guys makes it easier for us to work hard.” “I really hope that this season, we can experience the cheers of the fans from the stadium. Please make sure you are there to support us till the end,” he added.

Hyderabad FC’s preparation for ISL 2022-23

The defending ISL champions are yet to announce a new signing. However, they have been working hard to retain their already strong core. Hyderabad FC have already extended coach Manolo Marquez’s contract, while Akash Mishra, Bartholomew Ogbeche, Javi Siverio, Sahil Tavora, Joel Chianese and Laxmikant Kattimani have all prolonged their stay at the club.

Hyderabad FC have lost Asish Rai, who joined ATK Mohun Bagan, while they have also released Nikhil Prabhu, who made his loan move to Odisha FC permanent.

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