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Pune FC sign Goan winger Jovel Martins

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Jun 21, 2013 at 05:40pm IST

Pune: Pune FC added winger Jovel Martins to their line-up, making him the second new signing of the 2013-14 season. The 22-year-old left-footer from Curtorim, South Goa, adds alongside forward Prakash Thorat to Pune FC's process of building a young squad.

Chirag Tanna, Pune FC Head Operations, said: "Pune FC welcomes Jovel on board. I am sure his age syncs with our objectives of building a youthful and exciting side for the season. I wish him all the best during his stint with us."

Jovel said: "I am happy to be handed this opportunity. I believe hard work pays and I am one who is willing to stretch the distance. I am excited on my first opportunity to play outside Goa. I thank all at Pune FC for the trust they have in me."

Pune FC sign Goan winger Jovel Martins

The 22-year-old left-footer from Curtorim, South Goa, adds alongside forward Prakash Thorat to Pune FC's process of building a young squad.

Jovel began his senior professional career at Sporting Clube de Goa after spending considerable time with the Goan side as a junior. In fact, he made it to the Senior team in the 2010-11 season, when the Goans earned promotion to the I-League.

After making few appearances in his debut season, Jovel broke into the starting line-up in the beginning of the 2011-12 season. A string of impressive performances on the left-flank in the early competitions leading up to the I-League helped him cement his place.

In his debut top-flight season, Jovel featured 16 times to help side finish in eighth place. The pacy winger continued to put in consistent performances in the following season (2012-13), which enabled him regularly feature on the left-flank as an attacker and defender respectively.

Jovel becomes the sixth Goan player to feature for Pune FC in the top-flight after defenders Caitano Costa (2008-Current), Selwyn Fernandes (2009-11); midfielders Godwin Franco (2009-10), Velito Cruz (2010-11) and Velington Rocha (2012-Current). The winger thus joins statemates Costa and Rocha at Pune FC for the season.

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