“It was my dream to play for Jamshedpur FC” - Provat Lakra shares his excitement on being a part of the Men o


Jamshedpur FC have added to their defensive strength by adding Provat Lakra to their ranks, and the fullback is clearly raring to go when it comes to starting life in the Steel City.

There is plenty to admire about Lakra beyond just his footballing ability. His grounded nature and willingness to go the extra step to make things happen highlight his dedication, and it all comes from the qualities instilled at a young age.

“Football runs in my family,” said Lakra, while discussing his upbringing.

“My father and my uncle used to play football, not professionally though. And by watching them and taking inspiration from them, I came into football.”

Since impressing at Gokulam Kerala and finding his way into the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) with NorthEast United FC, Lakra has come a long way and has his sights on even bigger glory, and perhaps Jamshedpur FC is just the right launchpad for his blossoming career.

“My favourite memory in football was when I was selected for the U-23 Indian National Team and it is my dream to also play for the senior team some day.

“As a tribal, it was one of my dreams to play in Jamshedpur in front of its fans. It also has a rich history with the Tata Football Academy (TFA). They have had successful campaigns in the past and it made me want to be a part of that.”

Not just the lure of Jamshedpur FC, but the pull of Indian football is getting better everyday according to the defender, and players like Lakra want to help facilitate the growth.

“India has been developing a lot recently. We have been growing. But there is still a long way to go. Proper grassroots and coaching can take India to new heights. I hope we can take India to new heights.”

Lakra’s love for Indian football isn’t just a show. His footballing idols are proof that he considers not just India, but TFA in particular as the building block for football in the nation.

“My favourite player of all time has to be Deepak Mondal. I love the way he plays and as a person also he is a great guy. His experience at TFA made him into the player he became and I hope that my time in Jamshedpur turns me into a better player too.”

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