Geylang eye loan signing from Japan’s Yamaga after MOU signing
The collaboration was brought about by the clubs’ main sponsor, Epson, and this will establish a platform upon which can be used to exchange knowledge and culture.
One of the main benefits of the MOU was the possible exchange of coaches and players on a training stint or loan spell. Already, there are plans for promising players from the ActiveSG Football Academy and GIFC Soccer Academy to head to Japan for a short training camp.
“I am excited by the partnership, there is still a lot we can learn from the Japaneses and if we can successfully loan out players to them, the national team will benefit from the exposure,” Geylang chairman Ben Teng told FourFourTwo.
We have asked for one or two players for certain positions
“The coaches I hope to send there too will be attached to their academy and hopefully we can pick up some pointers and implement that in Singapore.”
More importantly, Teng was hoping the partnership could be used to bolster his side for the upcoming 2017 S.League season, although he acknowledged that the arrival would most likely not be an established star.
“We have asked for one or two players for certain positions … but we also realised that for the first team Yamaga players, it is quite difficult as they are expensive,” Teng explained.
“The promising young ones we saw, some are actually quite good quality players, those we might be able to afford.”
Geylang coach Hasrin Jailani was excited by the collaboration and he hopes that such collaboration will occur more frequently in the local scene, should such a move prove beneficial in the long run.
“Any partnership is very good ... whether it’s for the youth or S.League players,” Hasrin said.
“Even the coaches, there is going to be education programmes for them so it is a good thing for them."
Left with two foreign import slots to fill, Hasrin was also excited to see what player Matsumoto could offer to him.
“As we know, Japanese players are disciplined and hard working players,” Hasrin added.
“We can loan a player from Yamaga to Geylang for our foreign slot. It depends on what kind of players I want and which positions I need help in.”
This is not Geylang’s first collaboration with an overseas partner, as they also signed an overseas sponsorship arrangement on an one-year deal with Kata Group Resorts Thailand in 2015.