Iain Hume: Bouncing Back for his First Love

Athletico de Kolkata’s star striker Iain Hume has been prolific in the second season of ISL too and there is more to the man than just goals and assists.

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Canadian striker Iain Hume was part of the Kerala Blasters team in the first season of the Indian Super League (ISL) in 2014 and won the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament award. The 32 year-old switched clubs in the second season to join champions Athletico de Kolkata much to the dismay of Blasters fans.

But there was a moment in his career when it looked all bleak. Here’s how it played out:

EARLY START

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Hume began his career at Tranmere Rovers where he became their youngest-ever debutant at a little over 16 years of age. A big-money move to Leicester City materialized in 2005 after impressing for the Prenton Park-based side. In 2008, he moved to Barnsley for another substantial fee and things were looking better than ever for him.

LIFE-THREATENING INJURY

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Then, in November 2008, Hume was on the receiving end of a bad challenge from Sheffield United’s Chris Morgan. Hit by a nasty elbow on the head, Hume suffered a fractured skull and subsequently underwent life-saving surgery. He had a huge horseshoe-shaped scar on his head and had difficulty with cognitive functions. The then Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, who suffered a similar injury in a Premier League game, even offered him help with recovery.

BACK IN ACTION

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He returned to competitive action nine months later and his first touch during the time was a header! Hume has soldiered on since turning out for different clubs in England, including Preston North End and Doncaster Rovers. Then in 2014, ISL came calling and the Edinburgh-born Hume found himself plying his trade for the Kerala Blasters. His excellent showing took him to Kolkata, where he has flourished even further. Hume feels that he still has a few more good years left in him and just loves the fact that he is doing what he loves the most!

THE INDIAN SOJOURN

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He carried over his excellent form to the Kolkata-based side and has been instrumental for them in 2015. 10 goals and 4 assists in 14 games for the defending champions helped them finished the league phase in second place, two points off table-toppers FC Goa. He brings a lot of international experience with him having turned out for current English Premier League leaders Leicester City in the Championship and also for the Canadian national side.

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