Updated: Sep 4
Kolkata, Sep 3: SC East Bengal have acquired the services of centre-back Joyner Lourenco on a one-year deal which will keep him at the club till the end of the 2021/22 season, it was announced on Friday.
Lourenco, 29, is joining SC East Bengal from fellow Indian Super League (ISL) side Jamshedpur FC where he played five matches last season.
“It is always a proud feeling to play for a big club like SC East Bengal. It is a hundred-year-old club and has a rich history. The fans are so passionate and that adds to the charm. It is a big challenge for me, and one that I am looking forward to,” Lourenco said after putting pen to paper for the Red-and-Gold Brigade.
“I can’t wait to put on the red and gold shirt and take the field. I am ready to give my best in training every day and learn so much from Robbie Fowler (head coach). He is such a legend and his guidance will only help me get better as a footballer on and off the field,” said the Goa-born Lourenco.
Lourenco began his career with local club Goa Velha before joining I-League side Sporting Clube de Goa In 2010. He spent the 2017-18 Hero ISL season with Bengaluru FC and was roped in by Mumbai City FC the following term. Joyner had a fruitful campaign with the current ISL champions and played 10 matches during their run to the semi-finals. With Jamshedpur FC in the 2019-20 season, Lourenco played 10 matches and bagged one assist.
SC East Bengal, coached by Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler, took part in their maiden ISL campaign last time, finishing in ninth place.