The 33-year-old Lithuanian forward scored 15 goals and assisted six from 20 appearances in the 2019-20 league season. Valskis contributed significantly as Chennaiyin FC pushed hard to reach the final of the ISL after a poor start to the season.
Nerijus has represented the Lithuanian National Team and has played club football in Belarus, Latvia, Romania, Poland, Israel and Thailand before joining Chennaiyin in the 2019-20 season. His last international appearance was against Serbia in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Prior to his arrival in India, Nerka featured prominently for Lithuanian clubs FK Šilutė, Sūduva, FK Riteriai/Trakai and Israeli club Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv FC. He has an impressive record in the A Lyga, the Lithuanian top tier, with 58 goals and 19 assists coming in 128 appearances. He also won the A Lyga Player of the Year in 2013.
With Chennaiyin FC’s manager Owen Coyle signing for Jamshedpur FC, Valskis was probably the first name on Owen Coyle’s wishlist.
I am thrilled to be playing for a football-crazy city like Jamshedpur.
The city has a huge legacy in football, and I want to help add silverware by winning the coveted ISL trophy for the fans.
It is unfinished business for me, and I hope to work hard towards contributing and making Jamshedpur FC Champion of India!
This club has huge ambition, and I can’t wait to kick-start an exciting future.Nerijus Valskis
Nerka is a seasoned striker with goalscoring prowess and hunger to attack the opposition at all times.
His link-up play, agility, and finishing is of the highest order, probably the best in the league, and he was the Golden Boot winner for a reason.
His performances last season were so powerful and lethal, that his mere presence in the dressing room and the pitch automatically lifted everyone around him.
I look forward to working with him and have another successful season.Owen Coyle, Head Coach, Jamshedpur FC