Panaji, July 12 (IANS) Indian Super League (ISL) franchise FC Goa confirmed the signing of midfielder Manuel Arana on a one-year contract, the football club said in a statement on Wednesday.Also Read - Champions League: Manchester City, PSG, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, and Sporting Lisbon Advance to Last 16

Arana, who largely operates from the right wing last played for Brisbane Roar in the A-League and Asian Champions League last season where he racked up five assists and made 24 appearances. Also Read - Champions League: Xavi Hernandez Looks For FC Barcelona To Seal Place In Last 16's

The Spaniard comes with plenty of experience in the top two divisions of Spain where he has turned out for a host of clubs with a combined total of over 230 appearances and 40 goals to his name. Also Read - Covid Watch: Bayern Munich Announce Wage Cuts For Unvaccinated Players

The Seville native was a product of the Betis youth system before moving to Castellon where his impressive performances in the second tier of Spanish football led to a move to Racing Santander.

He spent three seasons in the top division as a regular starter where he played 78 games. Following spells at Recreativo Huelva, RCD Mallorca and Rayo Vallecano, Arana moved to Brisbane Roar last year.

Commenting on his new association, the 32-year-old midfielder said: “I’m pleased to have signed for FC Goa. The league in India is getting a lot of attention and I can’t wait to come and experience it for myself.”

“I have heard a lot of good things about FC Goa and with Sergio Lobera as the head coach, I’m sure we can mount a very strong challenge for the top honours. I thank the club for placing their faith in me and will do my utmost to ensure we can achieve the desired results,” he added.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.