BREAKING: Ex-Geylang striker Hartmann set for Sarawak medical

Former Geylang International and Global FC striker Mark Hartmann is heading to Sarawak to undergo a medical and is set to become the first Filipino footballer to join the Malaysia Super League (MSL).

The English-born Filipino forward was in the Azkals’ squad for their ill-fated 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup campaign, but was granted little playing time as the tournament co-hosts crashed out at the group stage.

Hartmann started his career as a youngster with English sides Portsmouth and Swindon Town before making the move back to the Philippines, linking up with Loyola Meralco Sparks.

Sarawak finished a disappointing eighth in the recently completed MSL season and will be hoping for a much better showing in 2017

He then signed with Global FC, where he is credited with 44 goals in 57 appearances over three seasons in all competitions.

His goalscoring prowess caught the eye of Geylang and they brought him to the S.League midway through this season, where he would score eight goals in 11 matches.

Despite his superb performances, Geylang decided not to renew his contract due to budget constraints, allowing Sarawak the chance to swoop in for the Azkals striker.

He went for trials in Sarawak last week, but is now back in Manila.

When contacted by FourFourTwo, Hartmann declined to comment, but did confirm that he will be travelling to Malaysia in the next two days.

Should he put pen to paper on a deal to turn out for the Crocs, he will be the second foreign signing for David Usop’s team, with Liberian defender Teah Dennis already on the books.

Sarawak finished a disappointing eighth in the recently completed MSL season and will be hoping for a much better showing in 2017.