The grass isn't always greener – S.League stars that made it outside of Southeast Asia

In part four of this series, FourFourTwo's Kenneth Tan tracks the success of five S.League exports who tried their luck abroad, to mixed success…

Niklas Sandberg

It was billed as the biggest transfer coup of the 2010 season as SAFFC (now Warriors FC) snagged the services of former Sweden international Sandberg. 

The vastly-experienced player had spent several years playing in the top divisions of Sweden and Romania, as well as famously playing against Spanish giants Barcelona in the 1997 UEFA Cup Winners Cup quarter-final.

Sandberg – who could play in defence and midfield – did put in a few good performances both domestically and in the AFC Champions League, but his spell with the uniformed outfit lasted just half a year – citing homesickness as the reason why he decided to leave the country.

The veteran returned to native Sweden to link up with top-flight outfit IK Brage where he spent three-and-a-half seasons before retiring at the end of the 2013 season.

Rhema Obed

It was considered quite a coup when Geylang United (now Geylang International) managed to sign former Arsenal youth player Obed in 2012.

The promising English youngster, who had represented the country's under-16s, lasted just half a season with the Eagles though – with former coach Kanan Vedhamuthu criticising his tendency of abandoning his defensive duties to join the attack.

Obed then went on a trial with Israeli top-flight club Hapoel Tel Aviv but eventually signed for third division club Sektzia Nes Tziona. The following year, he signed for Greek second division outfit Ethnikos Gazoros where he made eight appearances in half a season.

He then secured a three-year contract with Romanian giant Rapid Bucharest, but left within a year due to unpaid wages. The situation was so perilous that he had to rely on a teammate's mother for food.

In July 2014, he signed for English eighth-tier club Sheffield FC where he played 18 times. Obed is now a free agent after concluding a short spell at Slovenian top-flight outfit NK Krsko in October 2015.