Laldinliana Renthlei, fondly known as Dinliana, on Thursday signed Jamshedpur FC for a three-year deal as the club continues to form a strong, competent squad for the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL).
The 22-year-old Mizo right-back is quick and strong and was a revelation under Owen Coyle last season.
He was one of the top right-backs in the ISL last season and can slot in as a left-back.
He was an important cog in the machinery, which finished as runners-up in the ISL 2019-20, and was a crucial member of the side that finished runners-up in the AIFF Super Cup in 2019.
“It’s a privilege to have signed for a club like Jamshedpur which has all avenues conducive for a player like me to exhibit my true potential. This move is a perfect fit especially with Owen Coyle at the helm. I had a great outing with him last year and I am hungry to perform. I am excited at the prospect of bringing the deserving fans of Jamshedpur the much-awaited and coveted silverware in the ISL,” Dinliana said.
The full-back came to prominence after winning the Mizoram Premier League (MPL) with Chhinga Veng FC in 2017, where he was adjudged best defender of the tournament for his outstanding displays.
He was loaned out to Aizawl FC to play in the I-League, where he made 24 appearances for them in the 2017-18 season.
In 2018, Dinliana was signed by Chennaiyin FC and made 34 appearances across two seasons.
He also appeared in the AFC Cup and AFC Champions League qualifiers with Aizawl and Chennaiyin FC, making his continental debut against Iranian side Zob Ahan Esfahan back in 2018.
Jamshedpur FC head coach Owen Coyle was glad to be reunited with the defender.
“The position of a full-back is crucial to any football system as it requires the right balance of attack and defence. Dinliana matches my requirements perfectly. He has been fabulous over the past three years and was phenomenal last season as he helped his team reach the ISL final. He will be an important player for the club and country in the years to come,” Owen said.
The youngster has helped his teams with 15 clean sheets in 58 top-tier matches he has played.
Dinliana will be wearing jersey number 26 in the tournament ahead.