Bengaluru FC sign Segovia from Neftchi Baku

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 Daniel Lucas Segovia with Albert Roca

Bengaluru, February 15: Indian Super League (ISL) table toppers Bengaluru Football Club (BFC) have completed the signing of striker Daniel Lucas Segovia from Azerbaijan Premier League outfit Neftchi Baku.

The Spaniard replaces compatriot Braulio Nobrega who was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

"I'm very happy to be part of the Bengaluru family. They're a big club with amazing fans and I'm here to try and help the team achieve their goals. It's a big step for me in my career as it's my first club in Asia, but at the same time I've heard a lot of good things about BFC and that persuaded me to make the move," said Segovia.

BFC coach Albert Roca welcomed Segovia on board, "With Braulio out for the rest of the season, we needed a striker. Segovia is experienced and fits into that role, so we're very happy to have him. I wish him the best and hope that he'll help us achieve our objectives this season."

Madrid-born Segovia started his career at the youth system of Rayo Vallecano where he made his professional debut in the Segunda Division in 2004-05.

He then plied his trade at CF Fuenlabrada, Algeciras CF, Real Zaragoza 'B', Atletico Pinto and UB Conquense in the Spanish league, before moving to Austria to sign for St Polten.

Segovia had scored 29 goals in 48 league appearances for St Polten during 2011-12 and the first half of the 2012-13 season of the second division in Austria before top-flight side Admira came calling.

The Austrian Bundesliga side roped him in for the remainder of the 2012-13 season.

Segovia then plied his trade at fellow top-flight team Wolfsberger AC (2013-14) before returning to St Polten the following season where he netted 29 goals in two seasons, helping them return to the top-flight in the 2016-17 season.

Overall, in his four years at St Polten, Segovia netted a total of 62 goals. In January, 2017, he moved to Neftchi.

The 32-year-old, who completed his first full training session at the Bangalore Football Stadium on Thursday (Fenruary 15), sounded upbeat about the new challenge, "The presence of other Spanish players helped me settle in, but we've a very good group of players with some top Indian professionals, so it's a good feeling. When I was at Zaragoza in the reserve team, Edu Garcia was with the youth set-up and it was very nice to catch up with him as well."

BFC, who have 33 points from 15 games and are the first team to make it to the semifinals, host FC Pune City in their next ISL game at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Friday (February 16)

(Source: BFC Media)

Story first published: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 14:19 [IST]
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