The Young Gun – Andy Ahmad, Warriors FC

He may be 24 years old this year and have more than 50 appearances in the S.League already, but Andy Ahmad knows he has still yet to fulfil his potential.

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Last season, it appeared as though he would finally establish himself after scoring on his debut in an AFC Champions League qualifier.

He also netted once more in the AFC Cup, but found himself sidelined with an unfortunate shoulder injury after just 13 appearances in all competitions.

By the time he recovered from it, his momentum was severely disrupted and he found it almost impossible to break into the team again.

“Last year I started really well, then during the second part of the season, I got the shoulder injury, then it was really hard for me to bounce back,” Andy told FourFourTwo .

“This season, I'm really looking forward to it.”

Part of Andy’s aims this season is to realise the promise he had shown as a Prime League player with Woodlands Wellington, particularly in 2014.

While predominantly used as an impact substitute off the bench, he showed enough to impress the Warriors management which led to his arrival last year.

To me, the beginning of the season is when everyone will have an equal chance of securing a starting spot in the team.

“I know I haven't got to my peak yet,” Andy admitted. “Last year in the first-half of the season, I think I was close to hitting my peak from scoring and starting frequently.

“But this year, I know it's going to be a bit hard, because it's a totally new team from last year, and there are a lot of experienced players. There are ex-internationals and the ex-Warriors and LionsXII players, so it's going to be hard to compete.”

However, Andy is still more than willing to fight for his place in the team in what he calls “a new start” after receiving an unexpected second chance.

“To me, the beginning of the season is when everyone will have an equal chance of securing a starting spot in the team,” Andy stated.

“`Last year the squad was a mixture of old and young guys and it kind of separated into two groups that way - the young and the old. This year it's different. We are going into our fourth week of the pre-season, I feel it is much better this year.

“Everyone is together and everyone is quite experienced. This year, there are older local players here, so they have been encouraging me quite a lot. It’s quite unbelievable but I'm one of the three younger players here.

“I'm definitely still confident in my ability. I'm trying to work as hard as I can to achieve a similar start to the season as last year.”

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