Shillong Lajong sign Blackburn Rovers striker on loan

Shillong, Feb 13 (IANS) Edinho Junior, a striker from former English Premier League champions Blackburn Rovers, will be donning the red of Shillong Lajong football club, the I-League club announced Wednesday.

Edinho will be joining the Shillong-based club on a short-term loan beginning Feb 16. He is a Portuguese national of Brazilian origin who moved to Blackburn Rovers, who are currently playing in the championship, from Olhanense.

The 18-year-old plays centre-forward and is the son of a former Brazilian international footballer, Edon do AmaralNeto.

The signing of Edinho will add a much needed impetus to Shillong Lajong's campaign for the remainder of the 2012-13 season.

Commenting on this development, Balaji Rao, managing director of Venky's, owners of Blackburn Rovers, said: "We are pleased to be associated with Shillong Lajong FC through the loan of young Edinho. We look forward to opportunities to help develop our players and football in India through strategic partnerships."

Larsing Ming Sawyan, general secretary Shillong Lajong, added: "We are thankful to Blackburn Rovers for providing us with a player of Edinho's quality. He will be an incisive edge to Lajong's forward line and will definitely add to the quality of the game on the field."

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