New Tampines Rovers signing Jordan Webb is confident of earning a place in the Stags' starting XI despite competition from the former Liverpool winger, while he has not yet given up on his dream of representing Singapore.
Webb secured a move to S.League title favourites Tampines following an impressive 2015 campaign that saw him record six goals and eight assists despite just featuring for half a season with the Young Lions.
Getting regular playing time at Tampines will be an arduous task for Webb however, with the likes of Jermaine Pennant and Christopher van Huizen also vying for spots on the wings.
Nevertheless, speaking after his new side’s training session at Jalan Besar Stadium on Wednesday evening, the 27-year-old made clear forcing his way into the starting XI is a challenge which he relishes ahead of the new season.
“What’s going to be so difficult?" Webb declared. “I don’t mean to sound arrogant, but I’m a confident lad and I’ll probably be playing.
“Whatever the coach wants, I’ll work as hard as I can to get to the position where I want to be in. Maybe Christopher can learn from me and maybe I can help him out in some areas.”
Webb proceeded to state that he saw his move to the Stags provide the perfect platform for himself to earn the Singapore national team selectors ahead of the AFF Suzuki Cup.
“That (to wear the Singapore flag) is something which I’ve always wanted to do,” the Canadian-born player, who has yet to receive his Singapore passport due to an apparent delay over paperwork issues despite fulfilling football world governing body FIFA’s five-year residency rule, added.
“Since I came here with Hougang United in 2010, I was told that I’m going to get this opportunity. I want to represent Singapore and help them win the Suzuki Cup, that’s my ultimate goal.”
“I’m honoured to be able to come to a big club like this; I’ve played for one (Home United) before and it’s nice to be able to work with coach Sundram (V. Sundramoorthy).”
There are several seasoned campaigners in the Tampines squad, but Webb singled out captain Fahrudin Mustafic as the man whom he will derive the most inspiration from.
“Farra has served Singapore football for many years and I’m probably trying to do the same thing like him,” he said. “I want to play as long as him, till maybe 40?
“I don’t know how far I can go, but now I just want to learn from him and the other guys here who are model professionals.”
It is set to be an exciting year ahead for Tampines, who are not only gunning for the S.League title but also eying the chance to play in the AFC Champions League.
The Stags will travel to India to play I-League champions Mohun Bagan in the preliminary stage one of the three-round playoffs of Asia’s premier club competition on January 27.
Webb believes it will be a massive shot in the arm for Singapore football if they manage to progress up the group stages as a minimum and is ready to do whatever he can to make that a reality.
“Farra told me the league’s the most important thing but we also want to do well on the regional level,” he shared. .
“We want to get into the AFC Champions League group stages at least and that’ll be something good for Singapore football.
“I’m not going put a number as to how many goals and assists I’m going to make. Obviously I’ve to put on good stats here, but the most important thing to help the team to win.”comments