Army United keen to extend Hassan stay

Singapore custodian Hassan Sunny has been impressing in the Thai Premier League this season, with Army United coach Issara Sritaro eager to tie him down to a new deal.

Since arriving in June, the Singapore international has been a key player for Army United, who are in ninth place in Thailand's 18-team top division and have also made the semi-finals of the Thai FA Cup.

Army are the only team in the Thai Premier League to have used one of their four foreign player spots on a goalkeeper, but despite initial criticism Hassan has quickly silenced the doubters with a superb run of form.

"Hassan is a player with outstanding professionalism," Sritaro told FourFourTwo. "He's very effective in training and keeps himself in top condition when he's off the pitch.

"He's demonstrating to other players how a professional footballer should be like.

"Every player in the team knows he's a top class footballer and his quality has contributed greatly to our team performances."

With Hassan proving to be one of the best goalkeepers in Thailand thus far, Sritaro hinted that a new deal could be in the offing for the 2014 S.League Player of the Year winner.

"Everyone including the board of directors are very happy to have Hassan in the team and we're hoping to keep it that way," he said.

"We're considering giving him a new contract as a reward for his fine form and professionalism."

Interview: Thanamahamongkhol Kritikorn. Words: Zee Ko