Geylang hoping Singapore international Bennett will stay

Geylang International are keen on extending 38-year-old Daniel Bennett’s tenure with the Eagles into the 2017 season. 

Despite his age, Bennett put in one of his best seasons to date in the S.League this year and earned a recall to the national team for the AFF Suzuki Cup.

Geylang head coach Hasrin Jailani shared that the club was still in discussion with the defender, but was cautiously optimistic both parties could come to an agreement soon.

“Bennett has been enjoying his football this year, so it showed in his performances,” Hasrin told FourFourTwo.

“Only a few players are on one-year contracts — Anders Aplin, Nor Azli, Dan (Daniel Bennett), and we are trying to keep them.”

As things stand, Geylang have retained at least 14 players and Hasrin is hoping he is able to introduce a few more new faces.

There are also two foreign slots to fill, although the league has yet to share its rules and regulations for the upcoming season. Current rules stipulate that each club is only allowed to register three foreign imports.

Defender Yuki Ichikawa will be the only player retained from the previous season, as he enters the final year of his two-year contract.

Midfielder Carlos Delgado and Philippines international Mark Hartmann will be let go, although Hasrin felt it was a pity for the latter to leave after he made a strong impression with his stunning goals.

“Yuki is with us on a two-year contract, but we are releasing Delgado and Mark (Hartmann),” Hasrin said.

“Mark, we know his qualities are excellent but there were a few things we could not agree upon and he had to return to Philippines.

“For the rest of the squad, we have at least 14, 15 players retained.”

The Eagles are also hoping to recruit a Japanese player from Matsumoto Yamaga, after the clubs signed a Memorandum of Understanding in November.

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