Football: Safuwan Baharudin signs for PDRM on a 1-year loan deal

Singapore’s Safuwan Baharudin in action with Syria’s Alaa Al Shbbli during  a 2018 Fifa World Cup Qualifying football match.
Singapore’s Safuwan Baharudin in action with Syria’s Alaa Al Shbbli during a 2018 Fifa World Cup Qualifying football match. PHOTO: REUTERS

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) confirmed yesterday that midfielder Safuwan Baharudin is set to sign for Malaysian police side PDRM on a one-year loan deal, ending speculation over his future.

The 24-year-old, who has a year left on his contract with the now-defunct LionsXII, posted a caricature of himself in the Malaysian Super League side's colours on his Instagram account, saying: "Here we go the cops!"

An FAS spokesperson said: "The FAS confirms that Safuwan Baharudin has agreed personal terms with PDRM. We are finalising the details of the loan agreement with PDRM, and the move is subject to the completion of regulatory procedures."

Safuwan's move across the Causeway capped a flurry of transfer activities involving the LionsXII players, as the bulk of the squad have found new clubs since the team's shock exit from Malaysian football.

S-League runner-up Tampines Rovers moved swiftly to sign eight players - Izzdin Shafiq, Hafiz Abu Sujad, Sufian Anuar, Firdaus Kasman, Afiq Yunos, Christopher van Huizen, Shakir Hamzah and Shahdan Sulaiman.

Winger Faris Ramli, midfielder Zulfahmi Arifin and striker Khairul Nizam joined Home United. Centre-back Madhu Mohana found a new club in Warriors FC, while striker Khairul Amri joined the Young Lions.

Geylang International are aiming to restore past glories by swooping for striker Sahil Suhaimi, right-back Faritz Hameed, winger Gabriel Quak and SEA Games captain Al-Qaasimy Rahman.

Of the players that completed the season with LionsXII, only Izwan Mahbud remains on the shop window. The FAS is still ironing out a deal with Japanese second-tier club Matsumoto Yamaga, while Thai Premier League side Chonburi and Tampines are also believed to be after the goalkeeper.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 23, 2015, with the headline 'Safuwan to sign for PDRM on a 1-year loan deal'. Print Edition | Subscribe