Baihakki returns to LionsXII

The Singaporean defender has agreed to terminate his JDT contract, and is set to rejoin former club LionsXII till the end of the season.

LionsXII are set to welcome a familiar face back into the fold this week, with Singapore international Baihakki Khaizan agreeing to rejoin the defending Malaysian Super League (MSL) champions.

The veteran defender joined rivals Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) at the start of the season, but fell from grace after a new coach was installed last month and was subsequently cut from the team.

While existing MSL rules prevented a loan move to LionsXII, Baihakki looks to have gotten around it by terminating his four-year contract with the JDT.

It is understood that the 30-year-old has an agreement with the Johor-based club that will see him return next year to play for JDT II next season.

However, it appears that the move is still subject to approval from the Malaysian football authorities, with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) releasing a statement this morning.

"We confirm that Baihakki Khaizan has agreed terms with the FAS and will re-join the LionsXII for the rest of the season," an FAS spokesperson said.

"However, his move is not official yet because we are waiting for the Football Association of Malaysia to finalise the paperwork and give the green light. We will update the media when Baihakki has been cleared to play for the LionsXII."

Baihakki's first game back in LionsXII colours could come as early as next week, with the team set to face Terengganu away from home on May 17.
Photo Credit: Tommy Low/FAS