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Zulfahmi Arifin to join Thai League 1 side

Singapore and Hougang United midfielder Zulfahmi Arifin shared his joy with FourFourTwo after signing with Thai League 1 side Chonburi FC...

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I haven't had proper rest after the season ended and it was tough while I was on trials there but now that the move is done, I’m really happy and thankful

- Zulfahmi Arifin

"For me it has always been a dream to play in the Thai League because of the way they play the game and I can’t express how happy I am with the move. 

"I haven't had proper rest after the season ended and it was tough while I was on trials there but now that the move is done, I’m really happy and thankful," the Singapore international told FourFourTwo from Thailand, after undergoing a trial with the club, where he impressed.

"I want to thank everyone at Hougang, all the coaches and the management because they were really supportive of this move.  Everytime I pray to be injury free and i always pray for such a move to the Thai League to happen. It’s a dream come true," he added.

Chonburi finished seventh in the Thai League 1 last season.

It is understood that Zulfahmi, who has 33 caps, will become the third Singaporean ever to play in the Thai top flight, after John Wilkinson (Police United, now Police Tero FC) and Hassan Sunny (Army United).

Izwan Mahbud signed a deal earlier this month to sign for Thai second tier side Nongbua Pitchaya, while Hassan has returned to Army United, who are now in the second tier.

"My target now is to adapt fast and play as many games as I can, and ensure that I am ready for the Suzuki cup. I am very excited now to get started. I’ll get back to Singapore and spend time with my family and at the start of the year I’ll be back to Thailand to give it my all," said Zulfahmi, who is believed to also have recieved an offer from second-tier Angthong FC.

"Most importantly, I need to thank coach Phillipe because he helped me a lot. He even went through the trouble to make a video compilation of me so that I could send it to overseas clubs and coach Firdaus (SG assistant) helped me in that too and with lots of advice. I am thankful for their guidance."

Photos: Chonburi FC