New recruit Madhu eager to help Warriors lift 10th S.League title

Succeeding Daniel Bennett as the team’s leader at the back, new Warriors FC defender Madhu Mohana is eager to help the club return to its glory days. 

Year 2015 was one to forget for the Warriors as they finished a lowly 5th in the league standings and leaked in the most number of goals (51 in 27 matches) amongst the 10 teams.

However, they remain Singapore football’s most successful club side with nine league titles to their name.

They needed me to add more stability at the back so I was happy to join them

New coach Jorg Steinebrunner has recruited well in the off-season as the Warriors attempt to bounce back, with the standout signing being Madhu, who is coming off a stellar year with LionsXII and the Singapore national team.

The defender is now ready to help the Warriors achieve an unprecedented 10th S.League crown.

“It’s a new challenge for me to come back to playing in the S.League after four years with the LionsXII, but I’m up for it,” he told FourFourTwo.

“Warriors FC has been a successful club and I like the way they approach training; the structure of the club is good. They needed me to add more stability at the back so I was happy to join them.

“My goal is straightforward – it is to win something for the club, hopefully that’ll be our 10th league title.”

Madhu, who declined an offer to play for the Young Lions, is the only LionsXII player to sign for the Warriors.

Madhu is a key part of new coach Steinebrunner's plans. Photo: FAS

Despite that, the 24-year-old believes he’ll have no problems bedding into the team as he inherits the shoes of long-serving club captain Bennett, who ended his nine-year stay at the club to join the ambitious Geylang International project.

“This is a new challenge for me in terms of mingling with my new teammates,” Madhu said. “I have much more to learn from the seniors at this club and I can also share what I’ve learnt at the LionsXII with the younger ones.

“Definitely Bennett has a great reputation during his time with the club, but I’m confident that I can do well here. I have a one-year contract with the club and I want to make the best out of it.”

While the Warriors have secured all three foreign signings in former Geylang International defender Kento Fukuda, Croatian midfielder Nikola Rak and French forward Jonathan Behe, Madhu was more excited of the prospect of playing with two local players.

“I’ve played with Shaiful (Esah) for the national team and it’s good to be able to link up with him again,” he shared. “And also Yazid (Yasin); I remember him playing for Woodlands Wellington when I was just a ball picker at Woodlands Stadium.

“From watching him play when I was young to being his teammate now is something amazing for me. He’s been a real legend for the S.League.”