S.League transfer round up: Radio silence on the ground

With funding for the S.League still very much undecided, clubs have not been as active on the transfer end. Still, there are some movements around the ground… 

Albirex Niigata S

The White Swans have lost 10 players as well as title-winning coach Naoki Naruo so far but this is nothing new to them, as the satellite club tends to heavily recruit from universities for every new season.

Kazauki Yoshinaga has been installed as head coach while Albirex will need to work doubly hard to replace the loss of top-scorer and 2016 S.League Player of the Year, Atsushi Kawata.

Albirex have been boosted by the retaining of goalkeeping stalwart Yosuke Nozawa, who is easily one of the best goalkeepers in the S.League.

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Kawata will aim to make the step up in J1. Photo: S.League

In: Kazuaki Yoshinaga (Ventforet Kofu)

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)

Retained: Tomoki Menda, Hiroyoshi Kamata, Shunto Inaba, Yosuke Nozawa, Naofumi Tanaka

Balestier Khalsa

So far, the Tigers have only announced departures from the club. It has been grim, with rising fullbacks Ho Wai Loon and Fadli Kamis among those leaving.

Fadli’s destination is unclear at this time, although it is likely he will join Home United for the 2017 season. Ho will be joining Warriors FC and he will be accompanied by Fadhil Noh too.

Balestier operate with one of the smallest budget in the S.League, so it is no surprise they have not made any moves just yet, at least not until their funding for the following season has been settled.

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Ho's development will continue at Choa Chu Kang Stadium. Photo: FAS

In: N/A

Out: Ho Wai Loon (Warriors FC), Fadli Kamis (Undisclosed), Fadhil Noh (Warriors FC)

Retained: N/A

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