Besides Paul, who has played more than 60 international matches since 2007, the other four players signed by NorthEast United were Nirmal Chettri, Rowllin Borges Shouvik Ghosh and Sumit Passi.

The Guwahati-based side had recently signed Brazilian Sergio Farias as the head coach. Commenting on the new signings, club owner John Abraham said, "I am absolutely thrilled with the signings of these football talents. Football runs in the blood of Nirmal, Subrata, Rowllin, Sumit and Shouvik, a characteristic they have in common with the rest of the young lads at NEUFC.

"I extend a warm welcome to the new joinees in our growing family of passionate footballers and hope that together, we would achieve smashing results at the Hero ISL."

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