10 Singaporeans who dropped out of the S.League this year
Probably the biggest name in this list, Shariff was actually a first-team regular at Geylang International in 2016 and put up a few good performances alongside either Daniel Bennett or Yuki Ichikawa in the heart of defence.
However, the 2007 Young Player of the Year was not offered a contract extension by the Eagles for this season. Apparently, he has taken up a referee course last year so we may see him back in a different capacity perhaps?
Sufian was among the eight LionsXII signings which Tampines made in the 2016 season, but saw little game time in a star-studded squad.
The former National Football Academy (NFA) forward was a good backup though – just like how he has been throughout his career – and proved that by scoring the winner in a 2-1 win over Philippines’ Ceres La Salle in the first leg of the Singapore Cup semi-finals.
It was no surprise to see him being released at the end of the season though. Turning 30 this year, Sufian’s long-term future perhaps laid away from the field.
“Iggy” was one of the standout performers when he played for Balestier Khalsa in the 2015 season, but could not hit the same heights for Warriors FC last season.
Enlistment into the army meant he had to contend with just one league start and a few brief substitute appearances all year.
The 24-year-old has since been released and is not expected to feature in the league in 2017 due to his national service obligations.