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Singapore international Hafiz Sujad headed to JDT II

 FourFourTwo understands Hafiz Sujad has signed with Malaysia Premier League (MPL) side Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) II, as the exodus of Singapore national players from the S.League continues.

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The 27-year-old wide man, who has 40 Singapore caps to his name, had previously trialled with Malaysia Super League (MSL) outfit Melaka United in December but the club chose to sign former Tampines Rovers teammate Shahdan Sulaiman to fill up their ASEAN foreigner slot.

He has previous experience in Malaysian football, having spent three years with the now-defunct LionsXII from 2013 to 2015 and was part of their 2015 FA Cup winning squad. 

 

JDT II, managed by Benjamin Mora, finished fourth out of 12 teams in the 2017 MPL season.

The versatile Hafiz, who can operate in a variety of positions like left-back, left midfield and central midfield, will be hoping for a more successful overseas stint than the one he had in 2017. 

A move to Thai League 2 side Big Bang Chula United (BBCU) lasted just a few months as the club abruptly pulled out of all competitions in late April for no apparent reason.

Hafiz returned to Tampines Rovers to play out the second half of the year and started as a left wing-back in Singapore's final four games in 2017. 

JDT II, managed by Benjamin Mora, finished fourth out of 12 teams in the 2017 MPL season. 

Photo: Weixiang Lim

The feeder club to noveau riche JDT are no strangers to signing Singaporeans, with the likes of Baihakki Khaizan and Shahril Ishak previously on their books.

Hafiz is the ninth Singapore international to sign for an overseas club in 2018, with Hassan Sunny (Army United), Izwan Mahbud (Nongbua Pitchaya), Zulfahmi Arifin (Chonburi FC), Madhu Mohana (Negeri Sembilan), Safuwan Baharudin (Pahang), Shahdan (Melaka), Ridhuan Muhammad (Borneo Samarinda) and Precious Emuejeraye (Churchill Brothers) sealing moves abroad.

Hariss Harun has also returned to parent club JDT after his loan spell at Home United.

 
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