With Sahil Suhaimi's departure to the LionsXII, the goalscoring burden at Courts Young Lions will fall on the shoulders of 22-year-old Amy Recha.
Sahil had the S.League at his feet last season, providing a rare bright spark for the development side as he finished the campaign with 10 goals – the joint-highest for a local player in the league last season together with Home United's Fazrul Nawaz.
Those are big shoes to fill but it is a responsibility that Amy, who was turned away by clubs when he was 16 because of his small stature, is relishing.
“[Sahil] is a great player and it will be tough but I know that I have to step up and it is something that I want to do. I want to step up and show coach Aide (Iskandar) that I can do it,” he told FourFourTwo.
“I am excited to be given the chance to play in the starting eleven but I need to keep working hard and improve myself. Going to the gym and arriving earlier for training to work on a few things is what I plan to do.”
Prior to being being part of the CYL team, Amy had already made a name for himself in the S.League with Geylang International.
In his very first appearance as a 19-year-old, he blazed past two Balestier Khalsa players on the right flank before blasting the ball into the net.
It was a strike that made local football observers sit up and take notice but Amy never quite fulfilled the early promise.
But with his National Service (NS) stint soon to be out of the way, coach Aide believes 2015 could be the year for his young forward.
“I am very happy that he is going to finish his NS in March. This season, I have high hopes on him to deliver. I have spoken to him personally and I think he is very motivated,” Aide told FFT.
“I have set a target for him and it is something that I have discussed with him. I don’t want to put any unnecessary pressure on him by revealing the target to the press. He knows what I expect from him.”
Amy was much more forthcoming with his plan for the season, though.
“My target is simple. I want to make the Sea Games squad. That is my only target,” he said.
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