Jalal: One more year for me

Pahang legend Jalalludin Jaafar revealed that he has been asked to extend his playing career and stay with the club for another year.

The 39-year-old, who lifted the Malaysia Cup on Saturday, had previously contemplated to retire at the end of the 2014 season.

However, he is currently considering extending his playing career for another season following a request from Tengku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ahmad Shah, President of Pahang Football Association (PBNP).

“After the game [2014 Oppo Malaysia Cup final], the president told me that he wants me to stay for another year,” he told FourFourTwo.

“He said he needs me to guide the younger players and help to keep the team’s core together.”

‘Abang Jalal’ only clocked a handful of appearances for Tok Gajah this season, with most of them coming off the bench due to his advancing age.

He conceded that the same scenario would be most likely to happen again next season, but at the same time he expressed his delight at the opportunity to continue playing for Pahang.

“To be honest, I am already at the age where I should have retired and perhaps focused on doing my coaching badges, but I am flattered that the club still require my services and believes that I can be useful to the team.

"I would definitely love to stay for another year, but the president and I only discussed about my future verbally, so we have to see how the talks go in the next few days.”

(Photo: Jason Kang)