Shillong, Aug 15: Rupert Nongrum (pictured left) has become the second player from Meghalaya to be signed by Indian Super League side NorthEast United FC.

The club made the announcement of Nongrum’s joining on social media yesterday. It had previously announced the signing of Redeem Tlang last month.

Nongrum, who will celebrate his 22nd birthday less than a week from now, moves to the Highlanders with some experience of playing in the ISL, after making 13 appearances for ATK last year and five for Delhi Dynamos on a loan spell from Shillong Lajong FC back in 2016.

Talented and gifted with the ability to adapt to changing situations, the midfielder, who has also made a couple of appearances for the India U-19 national team, played his early years of professional football with Lajong, for whom he made 22 appearances in the I-League (15 as starts, seven as a substitute). His I-League debut came on 14th February 2015 in an away game at Bengaluru FC.

His one and only goal for SLFC in the I-League came on 21st January 2017 when he scored in a winning cause against Minerva Punjab at home. By doing so he became the first Meghalayan to score for Lajong in the I-League since Eugeneson Lyngdoh in the 2011-12 season.

Nongrum also captained the Lajong side that won the 2015 Shillong Premier League title, the club’s second of three such triumphs.

(Shillong Lajong FC file photo)

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