Erwan Gunawan looking forward to new Hougang adventure

Erwan Gunawan is looking forward to a new adventure as he puts on a Hougang United jersey for the first time this season.

The 26-year-old made the move to the Cheetahs in the offseason, after seeing out his deal with Warriors FC.

“Everybody over here is really welcoming,” Erwan told FourFourTwo after the PUMA evoPOWER launch event in Kovan.

“I’m grateful for that, the whole team as well as the fans have welcomed me with open arms. I feel grateful they accepted me like that.”

The striker had previously spent a large part of his football career with the Warriors, but decided to make the move on the advice of his father.

“Before my late father went away, he told me, ‘Why don’t you join Hougang?’” Erwan said.

“He really wanted me to go there, I still don’t know why. But when I finished my contract, I gave Hougang a call and they said yes.”

“I’ve been at the Warriors since I was 12, [so there’s a bit of regret] but that’s football in Singapore.”

Erwan will now be hoping to improve on his scoring rate at his new club, after averaging about a goal every 10 league games with the Warriors, but was at pains to point out that he would have to earn his spot on the team.

“They haven’t promised me anything, but I’m trying my best to make my coach put me in the first eleven,” he said.

“I have to be consistent in the league this season, for the team as well as for myself.”

Just like at his previous team, Erwan has also confirmed that he will be retaining the No. 13 jersey at Hougang.

“13 is the unlucky number, but for me it’s the unlucky number for the other team.”