BFC retain Amrinder, Alwyn

Bengaluru: I-League champions Bengaluru FC (BFC) announced on Thursday that goalkeeper Amrinder Singh and midfielder Alwyn George had signed new one-year deals, which would keep them at the club until the end of the 2016-17 season. Amrinder kept nine clean sheets on his way to winning the I-League's goalkeeper of the year award, an accolade that the 22-year-old says played a huge part in his decision. "I'm happy to have signed a new deal with Bengaluru FC. The progress that I've made as a goalkeeper at this club has helped me win the 'I-League's Best Goalkeeper and I'd like to thank the coaching staff, the management and the fans for all their support. I'm looking forward to another season with this club and scripting more history," Amrinder was quoted as saying in a statement on Thursday. George, who signed from Dempo SC in the summer, has penned an extension on his current deal after a string of impressive performances, most notably in a 5-3 win against Ayeyawady United in the AFC Cup where he scored a brace. Bengaluru FC's chief operating officer Mustafa Ghouse said the club is delighted to have re-signed the duo, who he believes are an integral part of the squad. "Amrinder has been one of the standout performers at the club this season. He had to fight for this place in the squad and once he got it, he held on to it with a string of good performances. Everyone knows what a valuable signing he's been and we're excited to have him with us," Ghouse said.  "As for Alwyn, we all know what a talent he is. He came into his own as the season progressed and we strongly believe he is one for the future and is very happy to activate the plus-one clause on his contract," he added.