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Indra hoping for one last shot at glory with Kelantan

He may not have the pace of youth or be able to inflict the same impact on a game he once did, but Indra Putra Mahayuddin’s presence still strikes fear in the Malaysia Super League (MSL).

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Dumped by Felda United after spending two seasons with the club, Indra – who turns 35 on September 2 – was left frustrated as he knew it would be tough for a player his age to get a new team.

But Indra, a striker and/or winger, did not have to wait too long as he was immediately signed by Kelantan, with whom he had two stints previously.

Despite having won everything in the MSL, Indra is still hungry to add more silverware to his bulging trophy cabinet.

The Perak-born veteran, who made his MSL debut way back in 1998, has won numerous accolades, including the Premier One League with Perak (2002, 2003), MSL with Pahang (2004) and Kelantan (2012), the FA Cup with Pahang (2006) and Kelantan (2012, 2013), plus the Malaysia Cup with Kelantan (2010, 2012).

Indra notes that his best moment in the Malaysia Cup was scoring an extra-time winner for Kelantan in the 3-2 win over ATM in the final four years ago.

Having played an instrumental role in Malaysia’s run to the final of the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup, Indra wants to make his final MSL season a memorable one with Kelantan.

“I will retire after the end of the season. My legs can’t take it anymore and I want to quit on a high. I hope to end by career with titles with Kelantan and retire in Kota Baru,” said Indra, who is known for his inswinging crosses and free kicks.

“I have to thank Kelantan for giving me another chance to play for them. At my age, I was slightly worried after I was released by Felda. Kelantan contacted me and I immediately agreed to play for them.

“Age is no barrier for success, although a footballer needs to be extremely fit to last the pace. I am strict with my food and also disciplined in training. I believe I still have the legs to keep up with the younger players.”

Indra also believes Kelantan have the quality to pose a serious threat to the bigger teams this season.

“Kelantan have a good coach in K. Devan and we are getting used to  his training and tactics. Everyone is enthusiastic and eager to make an impact,” Indra added.