I-League debutants JSW Sports on Tuesday signed defenders John Johnson and Curtis Osano, both with experience in English Premier League (EPL), for their forthcoming season.

While Englishman Johnson has turned out for Middlesbrough in the EPL for a season, Kenyan Osano is a product of the Reading academy and has last played for League Two side AFC Wimbledon.

“It’s surely a big change but once the manager told me about the club, the vision and projects they have lined up, it wasn’t hard to say yes. I’ve been doing my homework on the I-League and am looking forward to get there,” said Johnson.

The club has done well in signing the duo considering there were clubs in England interested in them,” said coach Ashley Westwood on the club’s latest acquisitions.

“I love challenges and the idea of getting into a league with a completely different style of football intrigued me. The manager is trying to bring a different brand of football and I consider it as a once in a lifetime chance, a blessing that’s fallen in my lap,” said Osano.

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