Singapore striker Sahil Suhaimi headed for EPL club Burnley
The 24-year-old will join the Clarets Development Squad and will commence training with the Clarets, under the supervision of Senior Professional Development Phase Coach, Michael Jolley, as early as next week.
Tampines will cover the cost of Sahil’s travel and lodging, with chairman Krishna Ramachandra personally supporting Sahil’s daily expenses.
“We are delighted that this trial has materialised for Sahil. It is a fantastic trailblazing opportunity for him,” Krishna said in the club’s media statement.
We are delighted that this trial has materialised for Sahil. It is a fantastic trailblazing opportunity for him
“He has worked very hard to put himself in contention and to realise his full potential. So we are happy for him.
“I have always taken the view that the S.League clubs are here to serve the Singapore football fraternity – so certainly we will not be holding Sahil back.
“We were similarly open with Hafiz Sujad and Izwan Mahbud. We need to encourage more young players to go further afield to ply their trade. We wish Sahil the very best and trust he will keep the Singapore flag flying high.”
Sahil, who was signed only to play in the AFC Cup and has seen little action this year, is hopeful of impressing potential scouts while in England.
Sahil added: “I have always believed in my ability and I am grateful to all those that have made this trial possible.
“This may only be a trial but it reaffirms my self-belief and I hope this serves as a positive message for all those other footballers who have not yet got the break they are looking for, to just persevere.
“This is just the first step, but I will definitely be giving it my best show and hopefully do Tampines Rovers, and Singapore proud.”