Ins & Outs: FFT's guide to S.League transfers in December
The new year is upon us and while the S.League will not be kicking off until two months later, clubs have started pre-season training – with plenty of new faces featuring!
So who is with whom? We bring you a round-up of all the transfer dealings in Singapore football for the month of December!
Albirex Niigata (S)
It's business as usual for Albirex - they released half of their team, and are holding trials in Osaka, Japan like any other year.
The most promising of those signed so far looks to be 22-year-old striker Rion Taki, a towering striker who used to be on Vissel Kobe's books. And with still so many vacancies in the squad, expect Albirex to continue making more signings.
In: Fumiya Kogure (Albirex Niigata), Atsushi Kawata (Hannan University), Rion Taki (Vissel Kobe), Yosuke Nazawa (Shimizu S-Pulse)
Out: Kosuke Matsuda, Taiyo Nishida, Norihiro Kawakami, Koki Akasaka, Kazuya Okazaki, Koya Yishida, Kazuya Fukuzaki, Sochiro Tanaka, Hiroki Morisaki, Ikuma Osaka, Niji Sasadaira, Shota Muto, Kentaro Miyakawa, Yoshinaga Arima, Kazuki Kishigami, Kaoru Nishio, Seiji Yamaguchi, Mizuki Ito
It’s been fairly silent in Toa Payoh, with only two signings announced so far. Four of the five foreign player slots have yet to be filled too.
With the club starting their season earlier due to their AFC Cup commitments, expect things to get really busy – and maybe desperate – as they try to put together a squad. Former LionsXII youngster Ignatius Ang is on trial, and expected to sign a deal with the Tigers.
In: Fadhil Noh (Woodlands), Hanafi Salleh (Tanjong Pagar)
Out: Goran Ljubojevic, Paul Cunningham, Kim Minho, Park Kang Jin, Syed Thaha (Geylang), Faiz Rahim, Rizal Abdul Rahman, Tajeli Selamat, Sofiyan Abdul Hamid, Ruhaizad Ismail
DPMM have been relatively patient in the transfer window this time round, although big names continue to be linked with Steve Kean’s team.
The Wasps reportedly have former Hougang striker Geison Moura on trial, as well as former European stars Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Paddy McCourt, and Lebanese national team striker Hussein Awada, although no signings have been made yet.
Out: Shahrulrizal Rahman, Tarmizi Johari, Mat Yusof Mat Yassin, Rodrigo Tosi, Roy O’ Donovan, Roberto Alviz