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S.League Transfer Round-Up: American youngster spotted at Warriors, Tampines focus on AFC Cup

The season is less than two weeks away from kicking off and most clubs seem to have settled on their first team. Here are the transfers so far...

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Albirex Niigata S

Versatile defender Rui Kumada recently extended his stay with the satellite club, bringing the total number of retained players to seven.

The White Swans seem to have settled their roster for the 2017 season as well, bringing in seven players from Japan Soccer College.

Albirex will have 18 new faces playing in the S.League this season and they will complement the seven players retained.

Their biggest concern will be whether the departure of star striker Atsushi Kawata can be adequately filled by new arrivals Tsubasa Sano and Shoichiro Sakamoto, both of whom are playing in the S.League for the first time this season.

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There are many new faces at Albirex this season. Photo: Balestier / Playmaker

In: Seiya Kato (Tokyo University of Agriculture), Yuki Yamanouchi (Oita Trinita), Shoichiro Sakamoto (Zweigen Kanazawa), Shuhei Yamada (Fujieda MYFC), Yasutaka Yanagi (Senshu University), Yuuki Yamanouchi (Oita Trinita), Tsubasa Sano (Juntendo University), Ryota Nakai (Momoyama Gakuin University), Ryuya Motoda (Mito HollyHock), Takuya Akiyama (Osaka University), Junpei Yamada (Yamanashi Gakuin University), Shoma Kondo (Japan Soccer College), Satoru Matsuki (Japan Soccer College), Kenya Kodama (Japan Soccer College), Yuki Kataoka (Japan Soccer College), Koki Sato (Japan Soccer College), Minoru Iwaki (Japan Soccer College), Yosuke Yamazaki (Japan Soccer College)

Out: Atsushi Kawata (Albirex Niigata), Atsushi Shirota (Hougang United), Daichi Ishiyama (Released), Tadaaki Yazawa (Released), Ryuki Matsuya (Released), Ryo Kurihara (Released), Teppei Harashima (Released), Shuma Miyata (Released), Kouki Mukai (Released), Kazuki Mine (Released), Masaya Jitozono (Sabah), Tatsuro Inui (Thai Honda), Kento Fujihara (Nagaworld)

Retained: Tomoki Menda, Hiroyoshi Kamata, Shunto Inaba, Yosuke Nozawa, Naofumi Tanaka, Kento Nagasaki, Rui Kumada

Balestier Khalsa

Financial constraints mean the Tigers have continued to recruit young and inexperienced players, with Tajeli Salamat, Ashrul Syafeeq and Jonathan Tan joining from the Young Lions.

The club has also deviated from its usual strategy of recruiting from Croatia, this time signing three Myanmar internationals to fill their foreign quota.

Kyaw Zayar Win, Aung Kyaw Naing, Nanda Linn will join up with the Tigers and coach Marko Kraljevic is hoping they can be Balestier’s main source of goals.

Huzaifah Abdul also joined former teammate Raihan Rahman from Hougang, while young midfielder Syahfuddin Eska has been promoted to the senior team.

On the departure front, striker Miroslav Kristic has returned to Croatia and will play for NK Imotski.

Sadin Smajovic will be hoping to make the big time as he too heads to Europe and will play in Serbia with FK Josanica. Joining him in Serbia will be Emir Lotinac, who signed with FK Vojvodina.

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Nanda Lin is one of the new recruits at Balestier. Photo: Balestier/Playmaker

In: Danial Tan Farhan (Free), Raihan Rahman (Hougang United), A.Renonathan (Balestier Prime League), Tajeli Salamat (Young Lions), Ashrul Syafeeq (Young Lions), Jonathan Tan  (Young Lions), Kyaw Zayar Win (Ayeyawady United), Aung Kyaw Naing (Nay Pyi Taw), Nanda Lin (Yadanarbon), Huzaifah Abdul (Hougang United), Syahfuddin Eska (Balestier Prime League)

Out: Ho Wai Loon (Warriors FC), Fadli Kamis (Home United), Fadhil Noh (Warriors FC), Fazli Ayob (Tampines Rovers), Jamil Ali (Tampines Rovers), Niko Tokic (Released), Miroslav Kristic (NK Imotski), Emir Lotinac (FK Vojvodina), Sadin Smajovic (FK Josanica)

Retained: Zaiful Nizam, Sheikh Abdul Hadim, Shah Hirul, Hanafi Salleh, Ahmad Syahir, Naqiuddin Nodin, Fadli Kamis, Hazzuwan Halim

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