Tampines prepare for life after Mehmet, Pennant by signing English striker

Tampines Rovers have begun their quest to replace departing foreign imports Billy Mehmet and Jermaine Pennant by signing Louis Clark from Philippines side Kaya FC. 

Clark, who can operate as both a striker and a winger, only turned professional three years ago after finishing his undergraduate studies in America.

But the 26-year-old has caught the Stags’ eye after scoring 39 goals in 54 appearances in the two seasons he was with Kaya.

Louis Clark is a great signing for us at many levels. He brings versatility both upfront and on the wings to the team

In a statement published on Tampines’ Facebook page, the club said Clark would be an immense addition to the team next year, as they aim to better their 2016 results.

Tampines failed to win any silverware this season, despite boasting of seven Singapore internationals as well as former Arsenal winger Pennant.

They finished second in the S.League and lost the Singapore Cup final to Albirex Niigata, in addition to exits from the AFC Cup and League Cup at the quarter-final and semi-final stages respectively.

“Louis Clark is a great signing for us at many levels. Other than the fact that he has AFC experience, he brings versatility both upfront and on the wings to the team,” the club’s statement read.

“It is also heartening to know that players have been drawn to the stature of the club as well as its philosophy of being a responsible community stakeholder.”

More new faces are expected at Tampines as the 2017 S.League season draws closer, with current first-team players reportedly unsettled by the lower wages they were offered to extend their contracts and looking at potential moves.
 
Photo: Kaya FC