Ankit Mukherjee is East Bengal's home-grown talent, having emerged from the club's youth system. The 24-year-old wing-half started his professional career with Calcutta Football League (CFL) side Aryan FC where he spent two seasons before joining Mohammedan Sporting Club in 2017. In the Hero ISL, Mukherjee played nine matches for erstwhile ATK FC in his debut season under coach Steve Coppell, and even scored a goal against erstwhile Delhi Dynamos. Mukherjee's ability to get forward on the overlap, besides being a steady performer at the back, makes him a valuable asset for SC East Bengal.
Danny Fox has quite a decorated CV to show for, having played for clubs like Everton, Celtic, Burnley, Coventry City, Southampton, Nottingham Forest and Wigan Athletic, rubbed shoulders with the likes of Luke Shaw, José Fonte and Robbie Keane, and played in a tournament as big as the UEFA Europa League in the past.
Lalramchullova is quite a familiar name to football fans in Kolkata, for he has played for both us and Mohun Bagan in his brief professional career so far. The Mizoram-born player started his senior career with Aizawl FC in 2015 and a couple of years later, he joined East Bengal, where he would stay for two seasons (2017-19), before moving to Mohun Bagan in 2019. During his first stint at our club, he made 32 appearances.
Narayan Das’ career has been a testament to the fact that if Indian players are monitored and guided properly through an effective grassroots programme, they can go on to serve the national team, besides being sought after by a number of top-level clubs in Indian football. Das was born in Tribeni, West Bengal and graduated from the Tata Football Academy in 2012 before being signed by the AIFF’s development team for the Hero I-League. Since then, there has been no looking back for this talented defender. Das has so far played for Dempo, FC Goa (in 2014-15 and 2017-18), East Bengal, the erstwhile Pune City FC and Delhi Dynamos, and Odisha FC. This will be Das’ third spell in Red-and-Gold colours, the previous two being in 2015-16 and 2017. He also has 29 international appearances under his belt so far.
NINGTHOUKHONGJAM ROHEN SINGH
The youngest member of the SC East Bengal family, seventeen-year-old defender Rohen Singh is a product of the Classic Football Academy. A brilliant opportunity to showcase his skills in India’s top-flight competition beckons him as he’ll be playing for one of the most decorated clubs in India’s football history.
RAJU EKNATH GAIKWAD
A seasoned campaigner on the Indian football circuit, Raju Gaikwad has represented both East Bengal and Mohun Bagan in the Hero I-League along with stints at FC Goa, Jamshedpur FC and Mumbai City FC in the Hero Indian Super League.
The ongoing season marks the Mumbai-born centre-back's return to the red-and-gold camp, where he spent four consecutive seasons between 2011 and 2015.
A product of the TATA Football Academy, Gaikwad is famous for his long throws and has been capped 36 times for the Indian national team.
Like his teammate Debjit Majumder, Rana Gharami is also a product of the Uttarpara Netaji Brigade—one of the finest coaching camps in West Bengal, credited with producing a slew of top-flight footballers. Gharami has been a consistent performer in the Calcutta Football League Premier Division over the past few editions and it is his consistency here that has caught the attention of the Hero I-League and Hero Indian Super League teams. The thirty-year-old also led Bengal to triumph in the 2016-17 edition of the Santosh Trophy.
Sarthak Golui is a 23-year old defender who has joined SC East Bengal from Mumbai City FC. Blessed with pace and a sharp crossing ability, Golui was among the best defenders for Mumbai City FC in the 2019-20 Hero ISL season, registering 113 clearances and 46 tackles while also getting on the scoresheet once.
A product of the AIFF Elite Academy, Golui also played for Mohun Bagan and FC Pune City in the past, besides making four appearances for the Indian senior team.
Football runs in his blood. Scott’s father Steve, too, was a professional footballer. But unlike his son who has played mostly in Australia, Steve plied his trade on the English football circuit. Scott rose through the ranks in the youth system of Perth Glory and graduated to play for Sorrento FC, the senior team of Perth Glory, Newcastle Jets, Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar FC. He, in fact, was part of the Perth Glory squad that won the A-League in 2018-19. Neville has joined SC East Bengal on loan from Brisbane Roar FC.