GOLDEN BALL WINNER of the maiden Indian Super League, Iain Hume has made a jump from Sachin Tendulkar's team to Sourav Ganguly's camp. The Canadian winger, who played for Kerala Blasters last season, will don the red and white of Atletico de Kolkata this time around.
Hume had an effective spell for the Kerala franchise, scoring 5 goals in 16 appearances, and playing a major part in their ascent to the grand finale, where they lost to ATK by a last-minute goal by Mohammed Rafique. The Blasters were keen to retain his services but in the end he chose to make the move to the defending champions.
Born in Edinburgh, the 31 year old boasts of an impressive record playing for various European clubs as well as the Canadian national team. He played for six years in the Championship (English football second-tier league) for Leicester City and Barnsley. He made his senior national team debut in 2003 in a friendly against Libya, and went on to earn 41 national caps, and 6 goals.
He has featured in some high profile matches in world football including a CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final against USA in 2007 where he also scored a goal.
His experience and physical presence provided a much needed boost for the Blasters as they recovered from a shaky start and went all the way to the final. The Atletico de Kolkata management will be hoping to capitalize on his skills as they look to defend their crown in the second edition of the ISL come October.