SINGAPORE - Lions vice-captain Hariss Harun is set for a surprise return to the S-League with Home United on a loan deal from Malaysian parent club Johor Darul Takzim.
Last month, the 26-year-old midfielder left for Spain to join Centre d'Esports L'Hospitalet, who are in Group 3 of the Segunda Division B, on a one-year loan.
Home announced the move on its Facebook page on Thursday (March 9) evening. It is understood that Hariss is en route back to Singapore and will be unveiled in a signing ceremony on Friday afternoon at Home's Bishan Stadiun.
The post stated: "HUFC welcomes Hariss and would like to extend our appreciation to Johor Darul Ta'zim FC for their collaborative plan to ensure that Hariss Harun maintains his currency and standard of football. The club will ensure that the Singapore National Team, Johor Darul Takzim FC and HUFC will benefit from Hariss' professionalism and technical abilities. As a club, we welcome a player of such immense value.
"Hariss Harun has established himself among the best midfielders in South East Asia. Known for his tackling, aerial presence and plain defensive ability, the Singapore international's game was instrumental to JDT's AFC Cup success in 2015.
"With the signing of Hariss Harun, playing alongside attacking midfielders like Faris Ramli and Adam Swandi, our fans can expect exciting fast-paced and combative style football from The Protectors this season."
Johor's sports director Alistair Edwards explained the sudden U-turn in a Facebook post on the club's page. He said: "Hariss Harun will be joining Home United Football Club on loan from JDT until the European transfer window opens in June.
"Hariss has been in Spain the past month with CE L'Hospitalet, but during the registration process the Spanish club became aware that they weren't able to sign any further players until an existing tax liability is settled.
"This tax liability will be settled in time for Harris to officially rejoin CE L'Hospitalet at the commencement of pre-season training in June.
"We at JDT would like to extend our gratitude to Home United Football Club for their professionalism and collaborative approach in ensuring that Hariss remains in an excellent environment for the betterment of the player, JDT, Home United FC and the Singapore national team."