Singapore Premier League could introduce third foreigner in 2019

Singapore Premier League clubs could sign three imports from next season after the increase in foreign player quota was raised at the Football Association of Singapore’s 36th Annual Congress on Saturday.

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Although yet to be ratified, the FAS is exploring the possibility of increasing the number of foreigners each SPL team can sign from the current limit of two.

However, there will be an age restriction placed on the prospective third foreign players.

The FAS has never been afraid to tinker with the number of imports a club can bring it as it tries to find the magic number, with as many as five allowed as recently as 2012 – although that number has been reduced over the years in a bid to give young local talent an opportunity to develop.

Interestingly enough, it also appears that the FAS will offer to play a more active role in helping clubs source for talent, stating in a press release that: “Understanding the constraints faced by local clubs, the FAS will be able to offer assistance in linking clubs up with possible sources and connections.”

FOX Sports Asia contacted club officials from two clubs – who declined to be named – for their thoughts on this development, although both were unable to comment until the change in foreign player quota is confirmed.

The additional foreign player slot for next season is just one of four upcoming projects that were identified at the Congress, which also included the completion of the Kallang Football Hub – which will be used as a National Training Centre – by the third quarter of 2019.