Jamshedpur FC have strengthened their defensive options with the signing of PC Laldinpuia from I-League side Aizawl FC. The 24-year-old has put pen to paper on a three-year deal.

Laldinpuia, fondly called Dinpuia, began his career with Mizoram Premier League side Bethlehem Vengthlang before moving to Chhinga Veng. Following good performances in the Mizoram Premier League, the 24-year-old defender was called up to represent Mizoram in the 2018 and 2019 editions of the Santosh Trophy.

In September 2020, Dinpuia joined Aizawl FC and played a crucial role in all 14 matches of their I-League season, scoring a goal in the process.

"I am so glad to be here. Playing in the top league of India one day was my dream and it has finally come true," Dinpuia said after completing his transfer to Jamshedpur.

"I thank the club and the head coach for trusting in my abilities. I will give everything in training and on the pitch to help Jamshedpur FC fight for the coveted ISL trophy and bring a smile on the faces of all fans," the defender added.

Jamshedpur FC head coach Owen Coyle revealed he has been keeping tabs on PC Laldinpuia. "We had been tracking Dinpuia’s development since last season itself and he just kept on impressing everyone. He will be a solid addition to the squad considering his versatility," Coyle said.

"He was rock solid with Aizawl and played across the back line in all positions. After watching him closely and having conversations with him, I was convinced that he would develop into a great player for us, the English manager added.

Dinpuia, Jamshedpur FC's fourth signing of the transfer window, has been handed the number four jersey for the upcoming season of the Indian Super League (ISL), and will be joining the squad for their pre-season schedule.

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