Pune FC add Debnath to roster for 2013-14 season
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Pune Football Club completed their goalkeeping line-up with the acquisition of Arup Debnath for the 2013-14 season. The 25-year-old West Bengal-born custodian joins Pune FC after a season-long stint with Mumbai Tigers FC and joins Shahinlal Meloly and Amrinder Singh in goal. Interestingly, Debnath was part of Pune FC's wish-list in 2009-10.
Debnath's signing is Pune FC's fourth for the 2013-14 season after Prakash Thorat, Jovel Martins and Anthony D'Souza.
Pune FC Head of Operations Chirag Tanna said, "The team welcomes Arup on board. I am sure his age syncs with our objective of building a youthful and exciting side for the season."
Debnath said that he always had an eye on Pune FC. "I am happy that the time has come to play for the team. I was very close to joining Pune FC, earlier. Fate back then was not to be on my side, but now I have the opportunity to show my worth."
Graduating from Steel Authority of India (SAIL), Bokaro, Debnath as a 19-year-old began his professional career signing for East Bengal in the 2006-07 season. Debnath, thereafter, spent another season in Kolkata, but had limited playing time owing to the presence of Naseem Akhtar, Abhra Mondal, and Subrata Paul. He then moved to Mumbai, signing for Air-India for the 2008-09 season.
In Mumbai, as a first-choice keeper, Arup helped Air-India avoid the drop with a string of performances that helped establish himself as a high-rated shot-stopper in the I-League.
Following this breakthrough season, he rejoined East Bengal for the 2009-10 season. However, like his previous stint, the custodian was in a limited role.
The following season (2010-11), the gloveman returned to Air-India. However, Debnath suffered a serious injury incidentally in a match against Pune FC at the turn of the year. The injury meant that the keeper missed the 2010-11 season, as well as a part of the next one.