Odisha FC confirmed the contract extension of young defender Shubham Sarangi on Wednesday. The new contract will keep him in the club for three more years, until the end of the 2022-23 season.
In a short span of time, he has had quite a journey, from being a promising talent in the now-defunct Delhi Dynamos to one of the mainstays for Odisha. In the previous season, he made a total of 17 appearances, where he made 97 clearances, 25 blocks and 28 interceptions, he also chipped in with an assist. As one of the bright young talents for the team, his performances even earned him a place in the national team camp for the World Cup qualifiers, that was later called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 19-year-old was roped in by Delhi Dynamos in 2018, and he was the first player to be sent by the club to train in the Aspire Academy in Qatar, who were their Technical Partners then, for 4-months. The exposure did him a world of good, and in the 2018-19 season, he made 9 appearances for Delhi.
Interestingly, he started his career as a striker and an attacking midfielder in his youth career, Joseph Gambau later played him in various positions in the midfield in his debut ISL season for Delhi. Now, in Odisha he has flourished as a right-back. He earned his national camp call-up also as a defender.
On his contract extension, he said, “I am very happy that I will be continuing to play for Odisha FC for three more years. I have enjoyed a lot while playing in front of the home crowd at the Kalinga Stadium and will look forward to the same in my upcoming days with Odisha. I am extremely thankful to the club management for their continuous support and would want to make the club and the state proud with a good show on the ground.”
Odisha FC club president said, “Shubham came to this club when he was 17. We loved his talent, so he was the first boy we sent to Aspire Academy. He showed maturity in believing in us and waiting on the bench for a chance to shine. This year he showed what a great talent he is. But this is just his first step. I can’t wait for him to grow and develop into the man and player I know he can be. I hope he inspires the kids of Odisha that with hard work and patience you can reach your dreams.”