Pune: Pune FC made their first foreign signing for the 2011-12 season by inducting Ivory Coast attacking midfielder Douhou Sey Djidja Pierre into their squad.

The decision to bring on the Abidjan-born Douhou translates into the 25-year-old earning a second stint with Pune FC after he figured in the squad's maiden run back in 2009-10, wherein the club finished in third place.

"We are glad to sign Douhou. His experience will come in handy and add sting to the midfield. Moreover, he is no stranger to the set up and thus fit in. I wish him the best and expect him to play with the flair he did with before," said PFC Head Operation, Chirag Tanna.

A mercurial playmaker, Douhou had been a central figure for Pune FC in the past with his ability to play up as well. Likewise, the medio is no stranger to Indian football and his forthcoming stint with Pune FC will be the fourth on the sub-continent.

Douhou, in the bargain, has rejoined coach Derrick Pereira under whom he has played all through his career in India.

"He is too good a player to my liking to keep him away from football. He did well for us for one season and since we were looking out for a foreign midfielder, which was missing last season, it was apt to add him. Douhou's inclusion adds-up to the backbone of the squad, which includes Keita upfront. A foreign defender next will complete the line," said coach Derrick Pereira.

Pune FC singled Douhou owing to his ability to dictate play with his sharp passing. The soft-spoken player was signed after Pune FC tried out a host of foreigners.

The 5-foot-9-inch Ivorian, who attended the team's pre-season training in Goa recently, successfully cleared the subsequent fitness test and medical and completed all formalities.

The player's arrival takes Pune FC's count of three non-Asian players for the coming season to two with the other being Guniea striker Mandjou Keita, who was given an extension earlier.

Douhou has already joined the squad.

(Agencies)