S.League transfer round up: Tampines get busy
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The rebuilding process continues at Jurong East Stadium, as the club continues its search for potential young Japaneses to join them.
Midfielder Yuki Yamanouchi from J.League 3 side Oita Trinita is the latest to put pen to paper and he will be joined by Seiya Kato.
Meanwhile, midfielder Masaya Jitozono has confirmed his move over to Malaysia, where he will play in the Malaysia Premier League for Sabah.
In: Kazuaki Yoshinaga (Ventforet Kofu), Seiya Kato (Tokyo University of Agriculture), Yuki Yamanouchi (Oita Trinita)
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)
Retained: Tomoki Menda, Hiroyoshi Kamata, Shunto Inaba, Yosuke Nozawa, Naofumi Tanaka
After announcing several departures, Balestier have worked hard during the last week to retain several players.
Vice-captain Sheikh Abdul Hadi penned a one-year contract extension, as will veteran Shah Hirul and Hanafi Salleh.
The biggest coup of them all though, was retaining captain Zaiful Nizam’s services. The shot-stopper has been crucial to Balestier’s fortunes in recent years and is arguably their biggest star.
However, the Tigers will need to look into bringing some much-needed flair next as Jamil Ali and Fazli Ayob have reportedly left the club.
Out: Ho Wai Loon (Warriors FC), Fadli Kamis (Undisclosed), Fadhil Noh (Warriors FC)
Retained: Zaiful Nizam, Sheikh Abdul Hadim, Shah Hirul, Hanafi Salleh
Little news have trickled out from Brunei but there was one particular rumour that the Wasps are in for a big-name foreign signing.
Although it cannot be confirmed yet, it is believed former England and West Ham striker Charlton Cole’s services have been offered to the 2015 S.League champions.
In: Billy Mehmet (Tampines Rovers)
Out: Paulo Sergio (Released), Azman Ilham Noor (Released)
Retained: Rafael Ramazotti