More foreign flavour at Tampines
Former Denmark and South Korean youth internationals, and ex-QPR player vying for slots
With former EPL star Jermaine Pennant hogging the limelight, a trio of foreign trialists almost flew under the radar.
But they have also come with impressive CVs and a point to prove to Tampines Rovers.
Forward Philip Lund, for example, is a former Denmark Under-19 international who has one season of Major League Soccer experience with Seattle Sounders under his belt.
Yesterday, the 26-year-old comfortably cleared the 2.4km test in 9min 3sec while hardly breaking sweat.
In the two-sided matches at Jurong West Stadium, Lund also demonstrated his ability to finish with both feet.
"I'm adventurous and I like to see new things and meet new people," said Lund, who last played in the Faroe Islands.
"It's tough here in terms of weather conditions because of the humidity and, with the jetlag, my legs are heavy in the beginning.
"But once I get back my fitness and touches, I will be able to show more of my speed, my ability to beat opponents in one-v-one situations, vision and goals.
"The level of play here has surprised me a lot. This club have good history, a great coach and set of players, so I hope I will be able to do well enough to earn a contract here."
Meanwhile, Romone Rose, who showed good strength and power in yesterday's session, will be hoping that his experience playing in Thailand will come into good use.
The 25-year-old had featured for Queens Park Rangers in the Championship after coming through their youth ranks and can play as a striker or a winger.
He said: "I spent one season in Thailand with Muangthong United in 2011 and I'm used to this heat.
"I like it in Asia and I think this region is up and coming in terms of football.
"I feel I can bring flair to the team. I'm strong as a midfielder or a striker and I have a good shot in me. I'm also a good team player who is ready to work hard."
Completing the line-up of foreign trialists is 28-year-old centre back Kwon Jun, who has played in Brazil, Iran, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.
The former South Korea Under-20 international was an assured presence at the back and preferred to find team mates instead of making rushed clearances.
He said: "I like new challenges and I want to learn. Tampines will play in AFC competitions next season and it will be good to be part of that.
"I can contribute to the team in terms of my reading of the game.
"Having played in Indonesia and Malaysia, I'm also able to communicate well with my teammates in Malay."
- DAVID LEE