Iain Hume Makes India Return In A Different Color This Time

Sabari Jagannathan  |  Transfer Window  |  8 Months Ago

Iain Hume is one name in Indian football scene who became fan-favourite wherever he went, thanks to his tireless performances for his club sides. The former ISL champion has played all four seasons of the Indian Super league representing former champions ATK and Kerala Blasters.


Hume is all time leading scorer for the blasters despite spending two seasons away from the club. HThe Canadian was the highest scorer for the Blasters in their disastrous 2017-18 campaign. However constant Knee struggles forced the former Canadian International to undergo a surgery. In what turned out to be a cruel ending to a fairytale, the former ISL runners-up decided to release Iain Hume despite the player showing interest to rejoin the Kochi side.


“Sorry for the silence,
As I’m sure everyone has already heard, I unfortunately won’t be returning to 
@keralablasters for ISL 5. Although it was always my (and I thought the clubs as well) aim to return and put a few things right when I’m back from my injury, that has somehow changed & the club have decided they wanted to go down a different route. Unfortunately that’s football, and it can be extremely cruel at times. But as always, I wish everyone involved with the club, all the very best in the future. 
The fans are by far the most passionate I’ve ever played for and deserve every success! I just wish I was a part of it moving forward. But like I said, this is football and we continue to move forward, regardless the circumstances. I just want to thank you all for your incredible support since I first joined in ISL 1 until now. You guys are truly special, and I will be forever grateful! 
Contrary to some beliefs, I haven’t agreed to join another team. My main aim right now is to look after myself and stick to the plan to make sure that when I do join a club, I’m 100% fit and ready to hit the ground running! 
Thanks to all of the KBFC Medical Staff, Saurabh, Dr. Manoj, Meldrick and of course the Fitness Coach Dave Richardson for their incredible support and work they’ve put in, to get me to where I am, well ahead of schedule! Top guys and friends for life! 
Always supporting and watching out, Forever Yellow! Humey
🤕💛 #SeeYouAllSoon #StrongerThanEver”  - Iain Hume

However, taking cue of the occurrences, the Stallions wasted little time to have scooped up one of the most experienced and loved players in India. Hume has scored 28 goals in 59 games, including 3 hattricks. Hume is an invaluable addition to Pune City squad who already boast one of the strongest attacks in the Indian circuit, with Alfaro and 2015-16 Golden boot winner, Marcelinho. Though returning from injury, his compatibility and knowledge of Indian conditions will be an asset for the Stallions title aspirations.


The CEO of Pune City FC, Gaurav Modwel was pleased with the signing for the former Leicester city striker and expressed his delight for the upcoming season.

“Iain Hume got injured during last season and he has now undergone almost six months of rehabilitation post his surgery. He will continue his rehab under the supervision of our medical team and train with the team during preseason. If everything goes as planned, we estimate him to be back in 12-14 weeks’ time. Iain is a highly motivated athlete and we are sure that he will get back to his previous best and play an important role for us this season", says Gaurav.


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