New Delhi: India defender Gouramangi Singh
failed to get a contract with Melbourne Heart FC after a short
trial stint with the Australian A-League side, his manager
said on Tuesday.
"Gouramangi did impress the coaches at Melbourne Heart FC
but unfortunately they felt that even though he was at a very
good level, he might not be able to break into the first
eleven due to the presence of Simon Colosimo and Michael
Beauchamp (part of Australian side in the ongoing FIFA World
Cup) who are both established stopper backs in Australia,"
Gouramangi`s manager Lyndon Miranda said in a statement.
"It was mutually accepted by both parties that signing
him and making him stay on the bench won`t be good for the
player`s career, especially with the Asian Cup coming up. So
it was in the better interest of the player that at least for
this season he doesn`t sign for Melbourne Heart FC, but the
option always remains for the future," said Miranda.
Gouramangi drew on the positives of the trial and said,
"It was a good experience to come to Australia and try-out for
a club here. Unfortunately, things did not work out this time,
but I am still young and this was just my first trial. I am
sure more opportunities will open up in the future.”
"Now my focus is on the Asian Cup and I want to do well
not only for myself but for the country as well, and I am
positive that we can make a good impression there," said the
Churchill Brothers defender.
Melbourne Heart FC head coach John van`t Schip praised
Gouramangi`s commitment and work ethic in attempting to become
only the fourth Indian footballer to ever win a professional
football contract outside of India.
"Gouramangi made a real impression on the coaching staff
throughout his trial with the club, showing great spirit and
character in the way he conducted himself. He has been a
tremendous ambassador for Indian football throughout his time
at the club, and we would like to wish him all the best for
his future endeavours," he said.
"Gouramangi would have been competing with the likes of
Michael Beauchamp, who was magnificent against Serbia at the
FIFA World Cup, and Simon Colosimo for a place in the starting
side, which is a tough task for any player. Gouramangi need to
be playing regular football leading into the Asian Cup,
clearly it`s best for him to spend time preparing with the
Indian national team," he added.
During his trial stint for Melbourne Heart FC which
started on June 20, Gouramangi played for the whole match
against another Australian A-League side Brisbane Roars.
Gouramangi is among 30 national players selected by the
AIFF for the preparations of Asian Cup in Qatar next January.
The players will leave for Portuguese capital of Lisbon
tomorrow for a two-month training stint.