Warriors sign Jordan Webb, Protectors’ Aw set to take Hougang hot seat

Following the Singapore national team’s exit from the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup, the spotlight is back on the S.League where Warriors FC and Hougang United are making early moves to put themselves up as potential title contenders for next season. 

Warriors finished seventh last season and while they have kept faith in veteran coach Razif Onn, they have wasted little time in strengthening their team with the addition of Tampines Rovers’ Canadian forward Jordan Webb.

Over at the Hougang Stadium, big strides have also been taken to ensure the club continues its meteoric rise

Joining Webb at Choa Chu Kang Stadium will be Balestier Khalsa duo Ho Wai Loon and Fadhil Noh, while Garena Young Lions’ midfield general Firdaus Kasman has also reportedly put pen to paper.

Onn has decided to retain Japanese centre-back Kento Fukuda, with Hafiz Osman, Poh Yi Feng, Shaiful Esah and Fazli Jaffar all staying on with the nine-time champions.

Last season’s top scorer Jonathan Behe has moved on to join Malaysia Premier League team Sabah, however, as the club continue their search for a third foreigner to lead their attack.

Over at the Hougang Stadium, big strides have also been taken to ensure the club continues its meteoric rise to become one of the top sides in the S.League.

Head coach K. Balagumaran did not get his contract renewed and the club is likely to announce former Home United tactician Philippe Aw as its new head honcho.

Aw is expected to be Hougang's new coach

Aw developed a strong passing game at Home and will seek to do the same at Hougang, with newly minted national team midfielder M. Anumanthan as the anchor of the team. 

The 2015 S.League player of the year Fumiya Kogure has signed a new contract to partner Azhar ‘The Prince’ Sairudin who re-joined the club after a successful two-year stint with the Protectors. 

Treble-winning centre-back Atsushi Shirota, who made 29 appearances for Albirex Niigata (S) in the recently concluded season, has been brought in to bolster the defence.

Hougang will now aim to bring in a foreign striker to partner Iqbal Hussain, one of their top performers in 2016. The former Young Lions striker is understood to have turned down a move to the Protectors in order to continue his development at the club.