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It may be only a three-month loan deal, but Singapore star defender Safuwan Baharudin is determined that his stint with Melbourne City will not turn out to be a summer holiday Down Under.
There is a tremendous buzz around the country after Australia’s triumph in the Asian Cup final in Sydney yesterday.
City, who finished bottom of the A-League last season, are currently in sixth spot in the 10-team competition and face a huge test against AFC Champions League winners Western Sydney Wanderers today.
The 23-year-old centre back has been included in the match-day squad of 18 players, but he will not be in the starting line-up.
“I’ll be starting on the bench (tomorrow),” Safuwan told The New Paper yesterday.
“I know it’s not going to be easy and I won’t be able to just walk into the first 11, but I will work hard. I just need a chance and I will grab it.
“I don’t know what will happen after April, but I’m not here to make up the numbers.
“I want to do my best and show them what I’m capable of doing in the A-League.”
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