Young Gun: Amierul Hakimi, Terengganu
Mike Mulvey, Terengganu’s assistant coach, has only been on the east coast for a few weeks – but he has already been impressed by what he has seen.
“There are some very good youngsters at the club and if they can progress and develop then Terengganu can really go places,” he said.
Amierul has plenty of talent and a bright future and he can have a very successful career in the game
“They need to keep working hard and then take their chances when they come.”
The head coach, meanwhile, sings from a similar hymnsheet.
“There are lots of good young players with the team these days and we hope they can help the club move forward in the years to come,” said coach Ahmad Yousof.
“Amierul (Hakimi) has plenty of talent and a bright future and he can go and have a very successful career in the game.”
The goalkeeper faces a fight to get much playing time, as he is currently behind more experienced number ones at the Turtles, but he has been looking quite sharp in pre-season games.
Having just turned 21, he is still a baby in goalkeeping terms but this former Malaysia youth international has time on his side.
For this season, the first aim is to oust Mohamad Shamirza as the clear number two at the club behind the experienced Sharbinee Allawee and there are signs that this could happen if the pre-season games are anything to go by.
A good shotstopper and an effective communicator, the one thing the youngster lacks is game time and with some minutes under his belt then 2016 could be his breakout season.
Photo: Terengganu FA