Released Melbourne City utility man Safuwan Baharudin says the lessons he learnt in the A-League were invaluable in his development as a player, as he looks to recover from injury.
The Singapore international played six games for City during his three-month stint, but suffered a season-ending back injury that resulted in his release from the club ahead of their last regular game of the season.
Safuwan has returned to Singapore, where he is seeking treatment ahead of a return to parent club LionsXII, who finally snapped a seven-game winless streak against Sarawak on Saturday evening.
Nothing like a sneaky bad news announcement at 1030pm on a Friday night from your club Thanks for you efforts Safuwan
— David Hards (@hardsy05) April 24, 2015
"I am disappointed that my injury has forced me to end my stint with Melbourne City," he said.
"But injuries are part and parcel of a footballer's life. My focus now is on getting treatment for the injury, and making a full recovery."
The 24-year-old became something of a fan favourite during his stint with Manchester City's Australian affiliate, scoring two goals to endear him to the home support.
— Alex DC (@notout50) March 11, 2015
"I had a memorable time at Melbourne City and I learnt a lot about what it takes to be a professional player. These are lessons I will never forget," he said.
"I wish to thank everyone at the club for making me feel at home. In particular, I want to thank Coach John van't Schip for giving me the first-team opportunities, and for all that I have learnt there.
"I also want to thank FAS President Mr Zainudin Nordin and FAS General Secretary Winston Lee who worked hard behind the scenes along with Francisco Lopez, Business Director of City Football Services and John Didulica, Director of Football Operations at MCFC, to create this opportunity for me.
“I am very appreciative of all they have done for me and my family."