13/09/2014 …. NorthEast United FC has brought on board yet another international player to add more European experience to the team, with the signing of James Keene, a 28 year old English Striker who is a product of the Portsmouth FC youth scheme in England.
He debuted, in the 2005 English Premier League as a Portsmouth Striker under Henry James “Harry” Redknapp, who is one of the senior most managers in English professional football.
Also he is plugged as Elfsborg’s top European scorer of all-time in Sweden; and has also been an integral member of the club’s Champions League team. James had a very successful career in Sweden between 2007 to 2013 and was considered one of the brightest stars in the Swedish League.
After signing for NEUFC, Keene expressed,“I am very proud to be part of NorthEast United FC and it’s great to know that the North East is the power house of Indian Football and that the people here are very educated about the game as well.”
The team is currently working tirelessly every day to be prepared for the league that will commence on October 12th, 2014. Towards this preparation, he added “All of us are training very hard at the moment and the training is fantastic; especially working under an experienced Coach – Ricki Herbert. We are excited for the matches to start and hope that this new league will take Indian Football to the global stage.”
With this new inclusion made to their team, The NorthEast United has only upped their ante, James Keene is a big asset to them with the wealth of experience that he brings having played extensively on the international front. He will only add value to the NEUFC attack to make their mark in the Hero ISL inaugural season.