Pune, August 2: Indian Super League franchise FC Pune City on Thursday (August 2) signed Iain Hume for the 2018-19 season. Hume, who is the highest goal scorer in the history of Indian Super League, has plied his trade in the ISL with Kerala Blasters FC and ATK, scoring 28 goals in four seasons.
Besides, his 59 appearances till date is the highest number of games played by any player in ISL. As part of the agreement, the club will have an option to retain the prolific Canadian forward for one more year at the end of the coming season, a media release issued here said.
In February, Hume suffered a knee injury that ruled him out of action for the rest of season. Thereafter, he has undergone surgery on his right knee and has been undergoing rehabilitation in India and the UK.
FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said, "Iain Hume got injured during last season and he has now undergone almost 6 months of rehabilitation post his surgery. He will continue his rehab under the supervision of our medical team and train with the team during pre-season. If everything goes as planned, we estimate him to be back in 12-14 weeks time."
After signing on the dotted line for FC Pune City,Hume said, "It wasn't a very tough decision to make, to return to the ISL and join FC Pune City if I'm being honest. "I've had long chats with the club and its medical team. I'm sure together we can make my recovery as quick as possible and back doing what I do best (playing football, fighting for the shirt and scoring goals) as soon as possible."
"I've had a very good past four seasons in the ISL at both Kerala Blasters & ATK and still have a very good relationship with both clubs and sets of fans. The relationship I have (that I'm sure most know) with Manjappada is one that's special and I'm sure will continue. But like every footballer, now that things are confirmed, I will give my whole-hearted efforts to make sure I'm back 100% as soon as I can and give my blood, sweat & tears for FC Pune City and prove that their trust in me won't go unrewarded. Look forward to meeting all the coaches, medical staff, all my new teammates and of course, all the fans over the next few weeks," he added.