ISL outfits Jamshedpur FC has roped in English defender Peter Hartley ahead of the 2020-21 Indian Super League season to bolster their defensive line. The stopper guided Scottish side Motherwell FC to a third-place finish in the Premiership, thus qualifying for the 2020-21 UEFA Europa League.
Jamshedpur FC has by far been the busiest franchise in the transfer market, with them already roping in head coach Owen Coyle, striker Nerijus Valaskis and winger Jakichand Singh. While they’ve failed to qualify for the knock-outs in the each of the last three seasons, the management is leaving no stones unturned in their claim for a maiden top-four finish ahead of the new season. And to further improve their chances, the ‘Red Miners’ have roped in English defender Peter Hartley from the Scottish Premiership.
"I'm honored to be given an opportunity to sign for Jamshedpur, a club with ambition to win. I certainly didn't have to think twice about playing for Owen Coyle, a manager held in high regard. I promise to give 110 percent every single day in order to bring success and silverware to the Jamshedpur supporters. At every club that I have played for, my goal has always been to add glory to my jersey number till the day I depart,” said Peter Hartley, after signing over the dotted line.
Coming through the ranks of the Sunderland AFC youth academy, Peter made his senior debut for Sunderland in 2006, before shifting loyalties to Hartlepool United, in 2009. Having played for several clubs in England, the stopper moved to Scottish Premiership side Motherwell in 2017. He thrived there and guided his the Premiership side to a third-place finish in the league, thus qualifying for the UEFA Europa League 2020-21.
"Hartley is a massive signing for us. He brings in so much experience from playing in the English leagues and the Scottish Premiership. He is a central defender with great capability and a born leader. He is a fighter who is mentally strong and a fierce competitor. Hartley hates conceding goals and that's the attitude I need from my centre-back,” said Jamshedpur FC coach, Owen Coyle.