Safuwan determined to make his mark in A-League

"(Yesterday’s) training session was okay. It was just a warm-up and to work the body, get a feel of the ball... then we did set-pieces and it was all quite relaxed." - Singapore defender Safuwan Baharudin (above), on loan at Melbourne City

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.”

Read the full report in our print edition on Feb 01. Subscribe to The New Paper, now available in print and digital, at http://bit.ly/tnpeshop.

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They are the most storied football club in Singapore, with a rich history of trophies and star names.

Former national captains Leong Kok Fann and Fandi Ahmad once wore the team’s fabled green and white, with the latter leading the side to the inaugural S.League title in 1996.

But years of mid-table mediocrity have seen Geylang International lose their lustre, and the club ended the 2014 Great EasternYeo’s S.League season in a lowly eighth place out of 12 teams — a whopping 21 points behind champions Warriors.

But in their pre-season press conference last night at Downtown East, chairman Leong and coach Jorg Steinebrunner were both in bullish mood, with the German proclaiming a top-three finish in 2015 a possibility.

Read the full report in our print edition on Feb 1.

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