Despite being perched firmly atop the Malaysia Super League (MSL) standing, LionsXII -Singapore’s sole representative in football competitions across the causeway maintained their development approach of this team, by beating the MSL’s transfer deadline to snap up former National Football Academy (NFA) Under-18 trainee, Fariss Haiqel Hamran. The transfer window of the MSL shuts at the end of today.
Fariss joined up with the squad for the first time earlier this evening at the Jurong West Stadium where the boys were put through a 90-minute session under the watchful eyes of head Coach V Sundramoorthy.
The versatile defender who stands at 1.83m, last represented Woodlands Wellington (in 2013) in the Prime League and is due to complete his National Service in two weeks time. Fariss also turned out for Balestier Khalsa and Home United (Both in the Prime League) previously, and has two S-League appearances under his belt when he made his senior bow back in 2011 with Balestier Khalsa, under then head coach, Salim Moin.
Fariss spoke on the prospect of making this year end’s South East Asian Games’ football competition.
“I am definitely looking forward to the SEA Games, and I hope that I can make the final squad,” Fariss told aXrosstheline.com.
“This is a big jump for me (from Prime League football to MSL football) but I will try my best to cope with it,” he added.
LionsXII head Coach V Sundramoorthy, who was reported to be in the driver’s seat for the SEA Games job come end of the year shared that he sees good potential in Fariss.
“He has good height and the potential to become a good player. The main thing now is to try developing him into a good player,” Sundram said
“We will give him the opportunities during friendly matches and try to see how he can fit into the squad,” he added.
Fariss will don the number 31 shirt for the LionsXII for the remainder of the campaign.
Another player who the LionsXII have snapped up is former player, Fazli Ayob. Fazli is currently undergoing rehabilitation due to an injury and he is expected to be back in three weeks time. Fazli will don the number 16 shirt.
aXrosstheline.com reported earlier that Faris Azienuddin will make the move to Courts Young Lions, but the deal seemed to have fallen through. Faris was still seen training with LionsXII on Monday and he looks set to remain with the team until the end of the season. Another new recruit Randy Pay, will join up with the team next week.
LionsXII transfer movements:
Raihan Rahman to Courts Young Lions (out)
Iqbal Hamid Hussain to Courts Young Lions (out)
Fazli Ayob from Courts Young Lions (in)
Fariss Haiqel Hamran from Woodlands Wellington (in)
Randy Pay from SAFSA (in)