Lok still surrounded by uncertainty
The 25-year-old was interviewed by the Immigration Department on May 18 but he has not heard from them since. But Darren is unperturbed as he believes he will be granted a Malaysian citizenship before the mid-season transfer window closes on July 15.
“I have agreed terms with JDT II but I have yet to receive my passport. However, I am confident I will get it before the transfer window closes,” Lok told FourFourTwo yesterday.
“I have been training with JDT II since May. It is my first experience training full time as I was only a semi-professional with my previous club in England. I am enjoying every moment of it.
“My new teammates and coaches have been very welcoming and I feel I’m settling in well. I am eager and raring for action in the MPL. I hope to achieve all my dreams with my new club.”
Lok, who is of Malaysian-English parentage, came to Kuala Lumpur on May 10 after ending his career with Eastbourne Borough, a semi-professional club in the Conference South League (a sixth-tier competition in England).
He scored eight times on his debut in the 2012/13 season for the English club and followed up with nine and 10 goals in the following seasons before ending his career with six goals in the just-concluded season.
On what were his options if he is not granted a Malaysian passport before the mid-season transfer window deadline, Lok said he has not thought about it yet.
“I have not even considered what will happen if I do not get my passport on time for the registration. I guess I will look at it when the day comes closer,” said Lok, who may not get to play competitive football until next season if he is not granted a passport soon.
Although, Lok comes with impressive credentials, he has chosen a MPL club instead of a Malaysia Super League (MSL) team to showcase his talent.
However, he does not see this as a shortcoming to pursue an international career, although, national coach Ong Kim Swee prefers players from the MSL for assignments.
“It is not easy moving to a different country to play football. There are a lot of things to adapt to, so therefore, I think I will really benefit from starting in the second-tier. It will allow me that needed time to get use to the Malaysian style of football. We will see how it goes from there,” Darren added.