Football: Experience in A-League has been 'wonderful', says Singapore's Safuwan Baharudin

Local footballer Safuwan Baharudin's experience in the A-League has been "wonderful", he said in an interview on his club Melbourne City FC's website.

The 23-year-old may be the first Singaporean to play in Australia's top football league but he has not let the pressure get to him since his Feb 7 debut, having notched two goals in just over a month.

Safuwan, who is on a three-month loan, told the website that he has learnt a lot since his move. He said: "It has been wonderful here. I've learnt a lot while I've been over here both physically and mentally.

"It's been great training here because in Singapore, we don't have such good players back home and the set up is different here because they emphasise playing football more than getting those long balls up from the back to the top."

Safuwan cited a tendency of A-League players to "loosen up" as a reason for his recent scoring form.

He said that while players in Australia are tall and good in the air, "they tend to loosen up here and that's when I know I can capitalise on their mistakes".

The versatile player's second goal for Melbourne City - the opener against Western Sydney Wanderers on Wednesday, in a match that ended in a 3-2 loss - was praised by the club's fans online.

Safuwan also said that he wants to achieve something at the club. Melbourne City are one point away from the top six, where they would need to finish to qualify for the Grand Final play-offs.

dshea@sph.com.sg