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[FILE] Scunthorpe United's Chris Dagnall (L) challenges Manchester United's Park Ji-Sung during an English League Cup gameReuters

English striker Chris Dagnall, who joined Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters ahead of the second edition of the ISL, believes the fanbase of the franchise is as huge as the fanbase of some of the top clubs in the United Kingdom.

The former Barnsley striker also believes the Indian Super League has the potential to become one of the best leagues in the world in the next three to five years.

And the growing fan support for the league holds the key to that growth.

"I don't think you get more demanding fans [anywhere] than you get in the UK," Dagnall told ISL's official website. "I think across the world they are probably the most demanding fans you can get, they are always on your back, for you or against you every week.

"But as far as I believe of fans over here [Kerala Blasters], they support you 100% whether you do bad or good so I'm looking forward to that.

"And people told me you get over 30,000 fans a game, I'm looking forward to that support behind me every week. I don't feel nervous, I feel excited to play in front of Kerala fans and hopefully it will be a good experience."

When he was asked about the potential of the ISL, Dagnall, who scored four times from 11 appearances in the FA Cup in his career, was positive.

"I know it's the second year coming now. I think the atmosphere, the crowd, and the attention that the ISL is bringing us after the first year is going to increase every year. And now the percentages will match other leagues in the future, I think after a few more years I don't see why not," he said.

"I think the attendance they got after the first year is unbelievable. Could be because the fan base of Kerala Blasters is broad, it could be one of the biggest in Europe. So I don't see why in the next 3, 4 or 5 years why it can't be one of the best leagues in the world."

The 29-year-old striker also heaped praise on Kerala Blasters coach Peter Taylor, and said that the team are going to benefit a lot from the insights of the former England U-21 and Crystal Palace manager.

"Well, he's managed [me briefly] and I played for Bradford City a couple of years ago. But apart from that I've never really played under Peter Taylor until we got in contact during the summer but I spoke to quite a few lads who have played under him and they say he's a top-quality coach," Dagnall added.

"He likes to be informed on a day-to day-basis, his man management is top draw. So I am really looking forward to playing under him and I'm sure the Indian lads and the other foreign lads will get to know what a top quality coach he is.

"His record speaks for itself, I've been here two weeks but his coaching has been brilliant."

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