Indian Super League

Odisha FC rope in ATK Mohun Bagan's Michael Soosairaj on a two-year deal

Mudeet Arora
Michael Soosairaj leaves ATK Mohun Bagan
Michael Soosairaj leaves ATK Mohun Bagan / ATK Mohun Bagan Twitter

Odisha FC complete the signing of Michael Soosairaj after fellow Indian Super League club ATK Mohun Bagan announced the departure of the player from the club.

Soosairaj signed for ATK Mohun Bagan in 2020, but he has now decided to leave the club in order to get more game time.

Club President, Raj Athwal said on Soosairaj's signing, “We are delighted to have secured the services of a player of Soosai Raj’s calibre. We hope that he can contribute to our team’s success for the next two seasons, by putting in performances that we all know he is capable of.”

Michael himself commented on his move to the Juggernauts as he said, "I am so excited to have joined Odisha FC and I am looking forward to playing my first game at the Kalinga Stadium. I hope I give you guys my best and entertain you guys as well. Ama Team, Ama Game!"

The 27-year-old star started his senior career in the 2016/17 season with Chennai City FC in the Hero I-League.

He then moved to Jamshedpur FC in the 2018/19 Indian Super League season, scoring four goals.

Soosairaj then thought it to be the biggest move of his career when ATK Mohun Bagan came calling. His first season saw him score three goals in 20 appearances. But the rest two seasons were almost spent on the sideline with a long-term injury.

The attacking midfielder only made seven appearances for ATK Mohun Bagan in the last two seasons and will hope that his move to Odisha FC will give him the opportunity to prove himself at the highest level once again.

Odisha FC have concerns of their own as they try to make an impact in the league since their re-branding and Soosairaj, a player vying to prove himself, could exactly be the flame that could ignite a fire in the Indian Super League.