Odisha FC has reached an agreement with Kickstart FC over a loan deal of young Indian midfielder Nikhil Raj who will now play for the Bhubaneswar-based side during the upcoming eighth edition of the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL).

The 20-year-old has been a part of the Karnataka team in two editions of the Santosh Trophy and was awarded the best midfielder in the BDFA Super Division last season. He went on loan to the Indian Arrows made nine appearances for them in the previous season of the I-League.

Expressing his delight, Nikhil said, “I am very happy. I am very excited to play in the Indian Super League. I expect to learn a lot of things there, and I know it's a big opportunity for me. I am very excited to play for Odisha FC.”

Odisha FC Club President Mr. Raj Athwal mentioned, "We are pleased to welcome highly rated Nikhil Raj. A versatile player, the young talent has the opportunity to showcase his ability at the Premier level of Indian football."

Nikhil Raj will be plying his trade for Odisha FC in the forthcoming season of the ISL. The Bhubaneshwar-based club will look to do well after a disappointing ISL 2020-21 campaign.