Tampines Rovers may have lost two key players in defence to foreign clubs, but it’s not all doom and gloom for the Stags.
The departures of goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud (Thailand’s Nongbua Pitchaya) and centre back Madhu Mohana (Malaysia’s Negeri Sembilan) have been cushioned by a slew of signings, including a familiar name to Stags fans – Jordan Webb.
The Canadian winger returns to Tampines to fill the second spot in the foreign players’ quota, with Tampines retaining Japanese winger Ryutaro Megumi.
Local senior S.League clubs can sign only two imports next season, down from three.
Tampines coach Juergen Raab is delighted with the return of Webb, who scored 12 goals in 22 S.League appearances for the Stags in 2016. Webb joined Warriors FC this season, in which he scored seven goals.
Said the 59-year-old coach: “Jordan is one of the best wingers in the league, and I’m happy that he’s back with us.
“Megumi also had a very good season where he was one of our key players, so I’m glad that we have two very strong wingers.”
The Stags have also wasted no time in completing other signings as their next competitive match, an AFC Champions League qualifier against Indonesia’s Bali United, is on Jan 16.
Taking the place of Izwan will be Geylang International goalkeeper Syazwan Buhari.
Boosting the Stags’ backline are defenders Afiq Yunos, 27, and Amirul Adli, 21, who joined from Home United and Young Lions respectively.
Midfielder Yasir Hanapi also rejoins the team following his half-season spell with Malaysian side PDRM FA, while up front, 22-year-old striker Taufik Suparno has been recruited from the Young Lions.