The 2016 S.League season will be 40-year-old Stanley Wong’s fifth campaign as a fan of Geylang International and the sales director is hoping that five will prove to be his lucky number.
Since he started to support the Eagles in the 2012 season, the closest Stanley Wong has been to seeing his team lift any form of silverware was in that maiden campaign.
Then, a Geylang side led by Kanan Vedhamuthu was outdone 2-0 by Brunei DPMM in the League Cup final.
The last time the Eagles tasted success of any kind was in 2009 when Hafiz Rahim netted to steer Geylang to a 1-0 win over Thai side Bangkok Glass in the Singapore Cup final.
But with the playing squad and the management seeing a total overhaul, Wong believes that it is the first time in a long time he has felt optimistic ahead of a new season.
“The management is totally new and we can see that they have their own plans for how they want the club to be run,” Wong said.
“They have come in and invested well in recruiting talented players so as a fan that is always something that you appreciate.”
It is the balance between young and experienced players that has got Wong excited. When pressed on which signings excite him the most, he listed the trio from the LionsXII – Faritz Hameed, Gabriel Quak and Sahil Suhaimi.
The management have come in and invested well in recruiting talented players so as a fan that is always something that you appreciate.
He said: “The three of them are definitely good players and they have all played for the national team before.
“The younger players like Safirul (Sulaiman), Amy (Recha) and Syazwan (Buhari) are exciting players as well and it is only good for them that they can look around and see the experienced players like Indra (Sahdan) and Daniel (Bennett). “
Despite talking up his side’s new acquisitons, Wong was coy when asked if Geylang could challenge for the title.
“I hate to say it but it looks like it will be Tampines Rovers who have the best chance of winning the league,” said Wong, who is present at most matches with the rest of the ‘Ultras Eagles’.
“A top-four or top-five finish in the league is what we should be looking at but I feel we should target a good run in the cups because that is probably our best chance of silverware.
“The players and management need time and while they find their feet, the Ultras and I will be doing all we can to support them off the field.”
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