Gabriel Quak confesses to not being a romantic guy.
So on Thursday evening, when he bought girlfriend Melissa Teo flowers for only the second time in their six-year relationship, something special was on the cards.
He sat hunched, his back towards his teammates and his gaze turned away even from his friend beside him, and across an empty, unutilised field at Johor Darul Ta’zim’s (JDT) Sri Gelam training facility.
The LionsXII’s success on the field last season has translated into dollars and cents. Just two games into the new season, the Singapore side’s total sponsorship figure has already surpassed last year’s mark.