Leaving Johor Darul Ta’zim, for better or worse

How will footballers’ career shape up once they leave the hugely successful Southern Tigers? FourFourTwo takes a look at the journey of 10 local players who have enjoyed various fortunes with other clubs. 

Norazlan Razali

In a bid to get as many Johor-born players into the squad, JDT signed the Selangor custodian in 2014.

Having manned the sticks in the club’s MSL success that year, Norazlan returned to Selangor the following season as Farizal Marlias swapped colours and went the other direction.

The 30-year-old went on to inspire Selangor to Malaysia Cup glory, with his goal impossible to breach in the 2015 semi-final and final.

Norazlan is still going strong with the Red Giants, with many clamouring for him to earn a call-up to the national team.

Zamir Selamat

The former Kuala Lumpur academy product joined the Southern Tigers in 2012 after spending four-years with the Harimau Muda programme.

He found it difficult to make a lasting impression and was shipped to PKNS for the 2014 season, where he lasted just one year as the Red Ants were demoted to Malaysia Premier League (MPL).

Zamir went on to establish a starting place at Perak last season but injury has kept him out so far in 2016.

Al-Hafiz Hamzah

Signed from MPL side USM, Al-Hafiz had a slow start in 2013 as JDT coach Fandi Ahmad tinker with his available goalkeepers. He eventually cemented a starting place mid-way through the season.

While Al-Hafiz impressed some, he had to play second fiddle after the arrival of Norazlan in 2014. He dropped further down the pecking order behind Izham Tarmizi last year and moved to JDT II this season.

Daudsu Jamaluddin

The right-back actually had two stints at the club. His first came in the 2007-08 season when the club was known as Johor FC, before the club underwent a transformation at the end of 2012.

He re-signed in 2014 after a successful trophy laden five-year stint with Kelantan, but only found his footing after former Red Warriors coach Bojan Hodak was appointed that April, before going on to cement a starting place in their 2014 title win.

The end of Hodak’s reign last April also spelt the end of Daudsu’s time there. He never really earned the trust of Mario Gomez and moved back to Kelantan this season.