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“Better to play regularly in the second division” – Arjun Jayaraj ready for Kerala United restart

Arjun Jayaraj joined Kerala United after agreeing to mutually terminate the contract with Kerala Blasters…

A few weeks ago, Arjun Jayaraj returned home after terminating his contract with club Kerala Blasters of the Indin Super League (ISL).

Arjun was in a bio-bubble in Goa for a few months as a Kerala Blasters player and for someone who had already been sidelined for several months it was not easy.

The 24-year-old midfielder signed a three-year contract with Kerala Blasters in 2019 but was unable to make a single appearance for the Yellow Army.

The player, for whom Blasters paid a transfer fee to Gokulam Kerala, suffered an ankle injury at the start of the 2019-20 season and had to be excluded from the squad for ISL 2019-20 by the then coach Eelco Schattorie.

After a long process of surgery and rehabilitation, the player joined the squad in Goa to prepare for the 2020-21 Indian Super League (ISL) season but ultimately had to decide to terminate their contract mutually. He wanted to make a comeback in his career and for that he needed to play regularly.

The player has chosen to accept an offer from Kerala United, owned by United Group which also own Premier League club Sheffield United, in the hopes of embarking on a new journey.

“The situation inside a bio-bubble was difficult to accept. The second floor, the dining room and the meeting room are the only places you can access. It helps to get out and relax to take a rest from stress during games but the players have started to adjust after the start of the season. With games coming fast and hard, the focus turns to that. The preseason has been more difficult, ”revealed Arjun what it’s like to spend time in a bio-bubble for Goal.

“When I left, I had many offers. But the I-League clubs had already started the preseason. Kerala United contacted me after seeing my profile when I was playing for Gokulam Kerala. ”

“I had a two-year gap so I wanted to go to a club that had coaches and players that I knew and that I know so that I could play more games and be more confident. The training ground is six kilometers from my home. . I want to stay in the comfort zone and play more games and gain confidence before I play in a league with more intensity. They are starting a new club from Malappuram, at my place, so that’s a good thing too, ”said the player.

Arjun Jayaraj

Kerala United are expected to start preparations for the I-League second division in January and Arjun is fit and ready for a new challenge.

“I felt great during the training sessions and I trained in preseason for two months and played in friendly matches. I played with my friends here. I’m close to being in top form for a match. The fitness of a match can only be improved by playing matches. I’m training on my own at the moment. “

Arjun’s decision to join a Second Division team may be confusing for some, but it was simply a matter of securing regular playing time for the midfielder who is only 24 years old and who played for the last time a professional match in March 2019 for Gokulam Kerala in I-League.

“Every player wants to play at the highest level. But it is better to play in the second division or any other league than not to play in a higher league. We need games, there are players who haven’t played for more than a season. . It’s frustrating to stay home injured and it’s even more difficult when you’re not injured and not playing. “