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Safuwan Baharudin stoked to be back at centre-back for Singapore

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Having starred as an attacker for PDRM FA in the Malaysian Premier League – 14 goals in 35 appearances – in 2016 and 2017, Safuwan admitted that he wasn’t totally comfortable with the role and at one point, even wondered if the positional change may have jeopardised his chances of another overseas club wanting his services.

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Thankfully for Safuwan, Dollah Salleh valued his defensive qualities and signed him on a long-term contract with Pahang, where he plays in a defensive midfield role.

He added: “I think I have wasted many years playing in so many different roles under previous coaches and I have never felt more comfortable than this year when I moved back into a more defensive role for club and country.

“In 2016 and 2017, I wasn’t at my best at club level and I thought my future playing overseas may have been over and I wasn’t good enough to venture out again but Pahang gave me the chance to prove that I am still one of the best (defenders) in the region.”

Despite only turning 28 next week (September 22), Safuwan already has one Suzuki Cup winner’s medal from the 2012 edition and wants to add a second title to his resume.