Joe Garner set to join East Bengal – reports claim

Joe Garner set to join East Bengal – reports claim

ENGLISH STRIKER Joe Garner is set to leave League One club Wigan Athletic to link up with East Bengal according to the East Anglia Daily Times.

Mr Garner has previously played for Blackburn Rovers, Carlisle United, Nottingham Forest, Huddersfield Town, Scunthrope United, Watford, Preston North End, Rangers and Ipswich Town will be allowed to link up with the side in January.

The forward who scored 12 goals in 2o games for England at Under 16, Under 17 and Under 19 level was on the books of Blackburn during their Premier League years but failed to make an appearance for the club.

The striker signed a year-long contract at Wigan at the end of last season, before the club went into administration, he has scored seven goals in 13 games in all competitions this season with three in his seven league games.

East Bengal have one foreign player slot open with the others being taken by Jacques Maghoma, Matti Steinman, Anthony Pilkington, Danny Fox and Aaron Amadi-Holloway.

The additional AFC slot is taken by Scott Neville, on loan from Brisbane Roar.

Hyderabad, Jamshedpur and Odisha still have a vacant foreign player slot.

Mr Ganer will link up with manger Robbie Fowler, who played for Blackburn after the former departed, whist goalkeeping coach Bobby Mimms played for the club as well as later becoming goalkeeping coach.

Mr Mimms, who has worked with several teams in England and throughout south Asia, though the spells both had with the Lancastrain side do not overlap.

Mr Garner will be one of five English players in the Indian Super League, with the others being Peter Hartley, Gary Hooper, Adam Le Fondre and Steven Taylor.

Mr Garner whilst not playing the Premier League like some of those players has enjoyed a stellar career in the second and third tiers of English football.

In the 2014-2015 season, his 25 league goals won him League One’s Player of the Year, top scorer and goal of the season awards as Preston secured promotion back to the Championship after four seasons in the third tier.

He won his club’s Player of the Season award the previous year when he netted 18 league goals.

His only previous experience outside of England came in the 2016-17 season during Rangers’ first season back in the SPL, where he bagged seven league goals and 10 in all competitions.

 

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