Shahril: I need to make the right decision now
Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) II Shahril Ishak confirmed to local media yesterday that his stint with the club will most likely end this season.
The news was disseminated earlier on Monday afternoon, after JDT owner Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Ibrahim said that Shahril and Baihakki Khaizan would not be part of the team’s plan for the next campaign on the club’s Facebook page.
Shahril was not surprised by the revelation, having been informed by staff members earlier in the season that he was unlikely to earn a extension.
“I think it’s part and parcel of football and my contract ends this season, I am looking forward to the next season with a new club,” Shahril said on the sidelines of Singapore’s national team training session.
“It was an experience for me to be part of JDT II to help the youth system. I have no regrets, because I made the decision to go there.
“I had three seasons over there and I saw five or six players who progressed to JDT (the parent club). It felt great when they made the first team, when the senior guys in the team helped them to improve. It helps me know I worked over there.”
Shahril is now assessing his options and he has not ruled out a move back to the S.League in Singapore.
I must make the right decision if I come back here to the S.League
However, the 32-year-old is in the twilight of his career and is therefore unwilling to make any rash decisions.
“I have a few clubs in mind but we haven’t talked yet. But I will be keeping an open mind,” Shahril shared.
“If I can try to play overseas, why not. At the end of the day, I have to make a right decision for my future.
“(Coming back to the S.League) is open to me. But I must make the right decision if I come back here.”
For now, Shahril is only focused on the national team, where he hopes to fight for a starting spot, as Singapore will play Malaysia and Hong Kong on October 7 and 11 respectively.
The 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup Most Valuable Player winner has played a bit-part role for the Lions in recent years, as injuries and form took its toll on him.
With interim coach V.Sundramoorthy giving veteran players like Daniel Bennett and Mustafic Fahrudin a chance since he took over, Shahril was optimistic that he could earn back a starting position.
“We have 25 members and it’s a good mixture of young and senior players. Everyone wants to step up and play, even me,” the Lions captain asserted.
“I’ve been sitting down on the bench for three years. For myself, I need to fight for the first 11 too and not just to be a passenger here.”
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