Mohun Bagan's new recruit Cornell Glen represented Trinidad and Tobago in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, in which he did play all the group league games against Sweden, England and Paraguay. He was also the second-highest scorer in the I-League last season with 16 goals from 19 matches. He ended last year's I-League campaign on a bang, scoring a hat-trick for Shillong Lajong against East Bengal, with Shillong Lajong thrashing East Bengal 5-1.
Excerpts from Mohun Bagan's new recruit Cornell Glen's press conference:
On playing for Mohun Bagan - It is good to be here. Mohun Bagan is the biggest club in India and I am honoured to represent this club and look forward to the challenge. I am here to give my best and help Mohun Bagan win the I-League.
About replacing Dudu Omagbemi - I will give my best for Mohun Bagan and I am not here to outdo what Dudu Omagbemi did.
On his target of winning trophies - I want to win trophies here. With all due respect to Lajong, they were not really contenders for the I-League title. I want to contend and compete for the title. I am eagerly looking forward to playing with Mohun Bagan teammates.
About the chance of Mohun Bagan retaining the I-League - Winning the I-League would be a big challenge for me this season. I love to take challenges and I am looking forward to this challenge. I hope we will be able to clinch the title this season, but for that we will have to play a good team game. It is not about 2-3 players like Yusa, Sony or myself. Football is a team game and we need to play as a unit to become successful.
Regarding the Kolkata derby - Yes, the Kolkata Derby is big, but winning the derby alone will not serve us the purpose of winning the title. Every match is crucial in this tournament.
On the Indian Super League - The ISL is eating into Indian football. A lot of players playing in the ISL tend to feel fatigued by the end of the I-League season. It is really difficult to switch clubs within a season. Last year, I missed the ISL owing to injury. However, that helped me to be fresh for the I-League. I feel the focus should have been on developing the I-League rather than starting a new league.