Hasrin tips trio for greater success, Sahil in limbo
By Geylang general manager Andrew Ang’s own admission, it has been a quiet pre-season for the club this year.
Unlike in 2016 when the club made headlines with the ambitious signings of ex-LionsXII players Sahil Suhaimi, Faritz Hameed, Gabriel Quak, Al-Qaasimy Rahman, and Isa Halim, budgetary concerns have resulted in Daniel Bennett’s departure to Tampines Rovers.
Meanwhile, Singapore international Sahil was also released and he is still searching for a club, with kick-off to the 2017 season reportedly mere weeks away.
The club which finished fifth in the S.League last season, has yet to fill its foreign player quota with only Japanese defender Yuki Ichikawa retained but general Manager Andrew revealed that the club are looking at a few players at the moment.
Argentinean trialist Ricardo Sendra featured for the Eagles in their pre-season friendly match against the Singapore under-22 side at Jalan Besar on Sunday evening while Costa Rican forward Víctor Coto Ortega, who last played in Myanmar for Zeyar Shew Myay, will arrive this week to try and earn a contract.
Last season, they were in and out of the team but they are more mature players now and I think they will step up and show their quality this year
The Eagles recently concluded a pre-season tour of Malaysia and coach Hasrin Jailani told FourFourTwo that while it was not ideal to still be searching for reinforcements, he believes his team is preparing well for the new season.
He also singled out Amy Recha, Safirul Sulaiman and Shawal Anuar as players to watch out for this season. Amy and Shawal in particular enjoyed a stellar 2016 season, where they earned call-ups to the national team and featured for Singapore in various international matches.
“Last season, they were in and out of the team but they are more mature players now and I think they will step up and show their quality this year,” Hasrin said.