FC Goa extends Princeton Rebello stay for two more years
FC Goa can confirm that Princeton Rebello has extended his stay with the club by putting pen-to-paper on a new multi-year contract. After making 17 appearances in the orange of FC Goa last season in the Indian Super League (ISL), Rebello has now committed his future to the Gaurs by signing a deal to stay at the club until the summer of 2024.
Speaking to fcgoa.in after signing on the dotted line, the 23-year-old said, “This is a huge moment of pride for me and my family. I joined FC Goa five years ago with the goal of getting better each day and eventually playing in the first team one day. That has been my reality for two seasons now but I’m aware that I’ve got lots left to do.
“I’m really looking forward to the coming seasons and working towards making an impact in the side. I hope to stay for a long time to come and achieve lots of success with the Club.”
FC Goa’s Director of Football Ravi Puskur expressed delight at securing Princeton Rebello’s future with the club. Speaking to fcgoa.in in regards to the same, he said, “Princeton has always been earmarked as someone with the potential to make it big not just for club but also country. The last two seasons have seen him gain some valuable minutes on the pitch and the intention is to build on that.
“We’ve identified a clear career path for him and it’s imperative now that he makes the step up and makes himself a player that goes into reckoning for the national team in the seasons to follow. We have high expectations of him and with the coaching staff on board to help his progression, we hope to see him take that leap to the next level.”
Ready to make an impact
After a starting sporadically last season, FC Goa will look to the talented youngster to step up a gear and become a mainstay in the side. An inaugural member of the FC Goa Development Team that was launched in 2017, Princeton was one of the key players of the Dev Team that won the Goa Pro League in 2018-19.
The current India U23 international was also instrumental in helping the Gaurs finish unbeaten in their inaugural challenge in the Durand Cup 2019.
Later the same year, Rebello made his debut in the ISL. In the 2020-21 season, he was handed his first start for the club in the league.
About FC Goa
FC Goa is a professional football club based out of Goa that competes in the Indian Super League (ISL) and is the current holder of the Super Cup. Nicknamed the Gaurs, FC Goa has been one of the most consistently successful teams in the ISL – reaching 4 semi-finals and 2 finals in 8 seasons.
In Season 2019-20, the club won the ISL League Winners Shield by finishing top of the table in the league stages and also became the first-ever club from India to play in the group stages of the AFC Champions League in April 2021.
Co-owned by Mr Jaydev Mody, Mr Akshay Tandon and Mr Virat Kohli, FC Goa is one of the few Indian Clubs to have a complete youth development ecosystem. Its U14, U16, U18 and Developmental Teams compete at the highest levels in Goa and India. The system has produced recognizable talents like Liston Colaco, Saviour Gama, Princeton Rebello and many more.