Hailing from Mangalore, Poojary started his career with youth teams in Mumbai before turning out for Mumbai FC in the AIFF Youth Leagues. His performances caught the eye of Kolkata-based East Bengal who signed him up in 2015. Having represented East Bengal in the CFL and I-League during two seasons, Poojary returned to Maharashtra, this time joining Pune City. A full Indian international since 2017, Poojary played every minute of HFC’s debut campaign and also played a crucial role in a 2020-21 campaign hampered with an injury. He was a mainstay in the first team in the trophy-winning 2021-22 season, where he also sported the arm band for the club after securing his first goal for the club. Poojary is now an integral part of the club and will receive a cheer everything he is on the ball at Gachibowl next season.
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