MSL Transfers: Early moves already underway as teams prepare for 2018

While coaching changes are expected at a few clubs, Malaysia Super League (MSL) sides have already started negotiations with potential signings for the 2018 season, just days after the 2017 campaign came to an end. Here’s our early rundown…

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Having slamming predecessor Azmi Mohamed after he inherited what he considered a less than complete squad, B. Satiananthan is expected to ring the changes.

The Fighters’ MSL status, however, is still in question because they have yet to complete their club licensing and that could determine who they can sign. Yet to make any announcements.


The 2017 MSL winners are likely to welcome back Hariss Harun, the Singapore international sent on loan to Home United earlier this season, as the club’s fifth import under a still-to-be-introduced additional import slot for Southeast Asian players.

Among those in danger of losing their place in the Southern Tigers’ squad are Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak, Shakir Shaari, R. Gopinathan and Mohammad Ghaddar.

The Southern Tigers are in the running to sign youngsters Adib Zainuddin, Syafiq Ahmad, S. Kumaahran, Adam Nor Azlin and Syamer Kutty Abba. Argentine Jorge Pereyra Diaz has also been linked back to the club despite the relationship turning sour when he was forced out at the end of the 2016 season.

Could Aidil be leaving the Southern Tigers?


Australian defender Zachery Anderson and Danish forward Ken Ilso have already confirmed they will not be signing a new contract, while Syafiq is also leaving.

Kedah may also be in the market for a new coach after Nidzam Adzha Yusoff, who has one year left on his contract, expressed his willingness to step aside. Former JDT coach Mario Gomez and Ramon Marcote, who was Kedah assistant in 2015, are the fans’ top choices.


The Red Warriors are expected to announce part of their 2018 squad this Saturday and among the new inclusions speculated include their former players Wan Zack Haikal, Wan Zaharulnizam Zakaria and Shakir.

Even Norshahrul Idlan Talaha has revealed that Kelantan have made an offer.

Kelantan, who had approached Velizar Popov for a return to the dugout, have yet to announce who will take charge of the team next year.

Norshahrul has been linked with a return to the Red Warriors


Back in the top flight after five years, KL will need to invest to stay in the MSL beyond one season.

Fabio Maciel is hoping to sign Brendan Gan to beef up the engine room. The Malaysian international is a free agent after sitting out the 2017 season due to a knee injury.

KL are also interested in signing Singapore’s Safuwan Baharuddin but the move is pending confirmation of the additional import spot.


Using a strong end to the season to ensure their MSL survival, Melaka have already made it clear they are looking for players with top-flight experience to help them stay there a while longer yet.

The Hang Tuah were interested in Kelantan duo Nik Shahrul Azim and Khairul Fahmi Che Mat, but have decided to look elsewhere because the players’ contracts run until the end of 2018.